Appeal to curb water usage

2016-08-25 06:00

An announcement regarding water restrictions in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will soon be made, the metro’s new mayor, Athol Trollip, said at a news conference held on Tuesday on issues regarding Nelson Mandela Bay’s water supply and –infrastructure.

“For now we appeal to the public to curb their water usage. All residents are requested to monitor their water consumption, and be water wise – for example, don’t use the hose to wash your car. “

According to him, good water management is of the utmost importance to avoid future punitive measures for those who exceed their water quotas, should it be necessary to establish quotas.

“The water crisis affects all residents. Should punitive measures have to be applied, it will impact especially the poor.

“Therefore, apart from our appeal to the public, we also appeal to the department of infrastructure, engineering and electricity to better its water management. Water leakages also need to be urgently addressed – the metropole’s crumbling infrastructure makes this a massive challenge,” Trollip said

Referring once again to the urgent need for a water wise Nelson Mandela Bay, Trollip warned that residents could face a serious water crisis in the forthcoming summer season if the taps keep on flowing freely.

Trollip explained that the Metro is also supplies water to communities outside the municipal boundaries. According to him, the tariff structures for the latter needs to be revisited , to resolve the discrepancy between the cost of delivering the water and what is being paid by these “outside” consumers to the municipality.

“It is time to have a more integrated assessment system to establish the exact volume of water subtracted from dams and the exact volume being distributed through the municipal infrastructure to the users,” Trollip added.

Referring to the Nooitgedacht water scheme, Trollip said a concerted effort will be put in to complete the scheme up to phase 3.

“When this is achieved, Nelson Mandela Bay won’t be that much dependent on good rainfall to quench the Metro’s thirst.

A quest for enough adequately trained plumbers, deployed all over the metropole, will also form part of the war on water leaks, Trollip added. “And should there be any shortages of plumbers in a certain area where there expertise is urgently needed, we will deploy teams from areas where there are adequate numbers of plumbers.”

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