Water crisis: every drop counts

2016-12-08 06:01
Nelson Mandelabaai se inwoners moet steeds water bespaar. Foto: Argief

Nelson Mandelabaai se inwoners moet steeds water bespaar. Foto: Argief

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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 committee member for infrastructure.

“The water savings already applied, have been a great help. We are very grateful for the people who have heeded our call for help and hope they will continue saving water,” said Lovemore

It is thanks to these savings that suburbs such as Lorraine, Rowallan Park and Kwa-Nobuhle, which were without water last Thursday afternoon, now have water.

“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 at 30% on Friday .

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

Residents were 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.

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