Relief for water crisis in metro

2016-12-07 06:02

THE water crisis that had taps running dry in Nelson Mandela Bay last week, has been averted to some extent, but every drop still counts.

This was the warning given by Annette Lovemore mayoral comitee member for infrastructure.

“The water savings already applied, have been a great help,” said Lovemore.

“We are very grateful to the people who have heeded our call for help and hope they will continue saving water.”

It is thanks to these savings that suburbs such as Lorraine, Rowallanpark and KwaNobuhle, who were without water on Thursday afternoon, now have water, said Lovemore.

“The water will be a little browner in some places because of the reservoir’s low level, but we are now no longer in a state of absolute crisis.”

According to Lovemore, the Chelsea reservoir, which last week dropped to an alarming 6% of its capacity, stood on Friday at 30%.

“It is still extremely low, because we keep the reservoirs at 100% usually, but it’s a start.”

Residents were on Thursday also advised by the metro to limit their water consumption to 250 litres of water per day.

Penalties in the form of increased rates have also been approved by the metro for those who use more than 400 litres per day.

To report water leaks and abuse, call 0800 20 50 50 (free from a landline).

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