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Nelson Mandela Bay residents urged to adopt water-saving lifestyle

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Executive Mayor, Retief Odendaal, addressed the media during a site visit to the Impofu Dam last week.
Executive Mayor, Retief Odendaal, addressed the media during a site visit to the Impofu Dam last week.
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The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Executive Mayor, Retief Odendaal, has called on residents, business establishments, and holidaymakers to adopt a water-saving lifestyle as they enjoy the festive season in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Odendaal said this during a site visit to Impofu Dam on Tuesday, November 29.

The mayor visited Impofu Dam to evaluate the water levels, as Impofu is the largest dam from which the city draws water for its western water system.

Currently, Impofu Dam is at 8% of its total capacity, and the city draws 30 megalitres of water per day from it. The combined dam levels have remained below 20% for the previous three years, as the city continues to experience one of its longest droughts in history.

The combined dam levels at the time of going to print were sitting at 16.56% with the usable water from that amount a mere 11.14%.

The Impofu is the largest dam from which the city draws water for its western water system. Photos: SUPPLIED

The current water demand remains higher than the 230 megalitres per day expected under the current restrictions. Consumption has been fluctuating between 240 and 290 megalitres, which is way above the water consumption target. In the past few years, the city has seen consumption drastically increasing during the festive season, to as far as above 300 megalitres per day.

“We have reached a stage where we need to collectively adopt a water-saving lifestyle. This talks to us, as a municipality, the residents and businesses. As we approach the festive season, we expect thousands of people to come to our city for tours and holidays. We call on our residents and business establishments to inculcate a culture of water saving so that we can sustainably rebuild our economy,” said Odendaal.

The executive mayor said that the municipality was doing its part to accelerate the implementation of water augmentation infrastructure while giving more attention to water leaks.

“We are working hard to do our part, and we urge everyone to make water conservation a way of life, rather than a mere act of adhering to restrictions.

“History and meteorology show that we are a water-scarce city that experiences periodic droughts, with the current drought perhaps being the longest on record.

“This necessitates a new strategy that emphasises sustainability and security,” added Odendaal.

Executive Mayor Retief Odendaal addressed the media at a site visit to the Impofu Dam last week.

Residents, businesses and holiday makers are advised to follow the following water saving tips:

  • Use fewer than 50 litres per person per day.
  • Take two-minute showers.
  • Reuse washing water for other non-drinking functions, like flushing the toilet.
  • Only wash cars when you really have to and use a bucket, not a hosepipe.
  • Report water leaks by calling 0800 20 50 50 or emailing water

During the holiday season, which begins on December 16, staff from the Water Services Department will continue to work around-the-clock to address any reported water leaks and respond immediately to any burst pipes.

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