Piketberg’s two reservoirs are at critical level, and the Bergrivier Municipality has implemented water restrictions on Friday 17 January.
According to the municipality the reservoirs are at critical level. From Tuesday (24 January), the latest report says, the Piketberg old reservoir was at 36% and the new reservoir 31,2%.
In a statement last week the municipality explained it had been battling to fill its reservoirs in Piketberg to acceptable levels, due to prolonged high stages of load shedding.
“In other words, the municipality cannot provide residents with sufficient potable water if it isn’t able to maintain a minimum pump-time of 19 hours per day,” it explained. “Water needs to be pumped daily from the Berg River to the Water Treatment Works (which purifies the water) through to the booster station and then the reservoirs, after which is it channelled through the water supply system for general use by gravitation.”
In an effort to make sure residents in Piketberg have access to water the municipality sought and found a service provider able to deliver on a suitably large capacity generator. The large capacity is necessitated by the distance and height it needs to pump. Two generators were bought for more than R2 million, which is set to arrive this month. The generators have a 550kWh and 330kWh capacity, respectively.
“The Bergrivier Municipality wants to assure residents in Piketberg that every possible avenue is being looked at to stabilise the situation and secure sufficient water for all, even through prolonged Eskom load shedding.”