Water-wasters still ‘tapping’

2015-06-03 06:00
PHOTO: Samantha Perumal

More ‘beach’ than water at Lake Merthley.

PHOTO: Samantha Perumal More ‘beach’ than water at Lake Merthley.

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LAKE Merthley is now way below a third full, but still the message has not got through to water consumers that the taps they happily turn on and let run could be bone dry within two months.

Some people have the attitude that as long as there is water in the pipe “we can use it”. However, the majority are making every effort­ to “shower” in a small basin, turning off washing machines and pool pumps, but there are still car washes that are operating.

The photo above, taken over the weekend shows more “beach” at Lake Merthley than water – the level now way below a third of the lake’s capacity.

Samantha Perumal, who took the photograph said: “I wish more people would visit the lake so they are aware of how serious this situation­ really is.”

At public water meetings held on 21 and 22 May, Umvoti Mayor announced that 65 jojo tanks were to be installed throughout Umvoti to be serviced by tankers for use by residents.

To try to preserve the little water­ there is, once the jojo tanks are operating, there will only be water in Greytown from 5am to 8am and from 4pm to 8pm.

Top-ups as needed by households will be available to collect from the jojos­. Schools, hospitals, etc will have their own jojo tank supply. No date has been announced when this will happen as steel structures to support the tanks still have to be constructed, but obviously, the sooner the better.

Weather fundis are basing hope for rain on the fact that in the “old days” rain would be recorded here three days after it hit the Western Cape, but with global warming that appears to be no longer the case. However, the Cape is experiencing extra heavy rain, so here’s hoping that weather forecasts predicting that Wednesday will be wet in Umvoti are correct.

Just 7.6 rain was recorded by Pannar Research in May.

The weekly appeal is still “do not waste water, do everything you can to save what little there is of this precious commodity”


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