Drought is not over

2016-03-24 06:00

REGARDLESS of the recent heavy rainfall, the Ugu District Municipality says it is still very premature to assume that the drought is over and that the Ugu District is safe.

The municipality’s supply systems­, however, are picking up, said spokesperson France Zama.

“With the view to continue preserving water, the municipality is still continuing with the water restrictions throughout the district as per the municipality’s water and sanitation by-laws.”

Households and businesses that fail to comply with the set restrictions will be liable for fines up to R4 000.

Water restriction in the district will remain in force until further notice.

Restrictions include:

• the use of manual and/or
automatic sprinkler or irrigation systems is forbidden;

• allowing taps and showers to run unattended and leaking cisterns and taps will be regarded as an offence;

• the use of fire hydrants and fire hoses for any purpose other than firefighting is forbidden;

• car wash services are to use buckets only and no high pressure systems; and

• filling of pools is forbidden.

“This situation of drought requires all of us to work together in ensuring that we save every drop of water as we are faced with this drought catastrophe, which is in no way a creation of man.

“It is our view as the municipality that water is life and as a caring water services authority, we shall continue to urge our communities to heed to our call of saving water every day in every way, as water is life,” added Zama.

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