Holidaymakers will add pressure to Cape water system

2015-11-11 17:46
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Cape Town - The Western Cape water system remains under pressure and consumers face the possibility of restrictions.

Some heavy water users will also have to cough up a lot more money for the precious resource.

“The system is under pressure and will come under additional pressure over the December holiday season, when there will be an influx of visitors to the coastal areas across the Western Cape,” said Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell.

He said the present level of dams that supplied water for domestic use was still in a good state.

There were only some “minor risks of failure”.

According to a water and sanitation department table, provincial dams were around 70% full on average this week.

This was compared to an average of 90% full last year.

The Witzenberg municipality said it would impose higher water tariffs in the winelands town of Tulbagh and surrounding areas because consumption had not reduced amid restrictions.

The tariffs would more than double for heavy water users.

Residential and small commercial clients who did not use more than six kilolitres would continue to pay R3.63/kl.

But consumption above that would skyrocket to R14.94, from present tariffs of between R5 and R7.

Municipal manager, David Nasson, said these rates would take effect at the end of the month.

The town’s water supply was said to be under “severe strain”.

“Should consumers fail to restrict their water usage, the raw water dam will be depleted by January 31 2016,” the municipality warned.

Tulbagh residents were forbidden from using domestic water to irrigate or water their gardens. They could also not refill swimming pools.

Buckets and “grey water” could be used to water shrubs and plants or wash vehicles.

Bredell said they were monitoring the province’s water situation daily “to ensure any necessary restrictions get imposed in time to avert a potential crisis that may come up”.

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