NMBM restrictions on the use of water

2017-03-15 08:23

IN terms of Section 4 of the Water Services Act 108 (No 108 of 1997) and Clause 31 of the Water and Sanitation Services By Law, the following is currently prohibited in Nelson Mandela Bay owing to the low levels of the dams supplying the Metro with water:

1.1. The use of water obtained from the Municipality’s water supply system for:

1.1.1. watering gardens, lawns, grassed areas, flower beds, racecourses, sports fields, bowling greens, golf greens and fairways, croquet lawns, turf wickets, ploughing fields and the like;

1.1.2. topping up or filling fountains, ornamental ponds and the like;

1.1.3. filling swimming and paddling pools;

1.1.4. washing paved areas, walls, roofs, buildings and similar structures.

1.2. The use or operation of:

1.2.1. hosepipes;

1.2.2. sprinklers, sprinkler and drip systems;

1.2.3. automatic swimming pool fillers;

1.2.4. automatic urinal flushing systems;

1.2.5. the connection of a hosepipe or any form of irrigation system to a tap supplying water from the Municipality’s water supply system unless for the purposes permitted in terms of this notice.


1. The use of reclaimed water or water obtained from sources other than the Municipality’s water supply system.

2. Watering gardens, lawns, grassed areas and flower beds by means of a hand-held container.

3. The use or operation of a hose pipe or sprinkler system for fire fighting.

4. Watering plants, trees and shrubs in commercial, state and municipal nurseries.

5. The prohibitions contained in this notice shall not apply in any case specifically exempted, in writing, by the Executive Director: Infrastructure and Engineering.

Notice boards must be prominently displayed where water from sources other than the Municipality’s water supply system is used for irrigation.

Land owners must notify the Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate in writing of the existence of boreholes on their property including the intention to sink new boreholes.

The contravention of this prohibition constitutes a criminal offence.

– Source: www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za


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