New water restrictions announced

The following water saving measures and restrictions were announced on July 11:

. Restrict household consumption to 15 kl per metered connection

. There will be blanket restriction of high consumers using discs or flow restricters

. No use of hosepipes allowed unless:

- The water is from a source other than municipal

- The water is used for firefighting purposes

. No use of municipal water supply allowed to water gardens, wash cars, hose down walls or paving, top up pools, fountains or ponds

. No use of sprinklers or irrigation systems allowed, unless:

- The water is from a source other than municipal

. All building contractors to use treated effluent, collected from Fishwater Flats (or any other appropriate wastewater treatment works), other than for concrete work

. All domestic customers will have a flow metre restricter installed. All bore-hole users must register with the municipality, and comply with the conditions attached to such registration, particularly the prohibition on sale or transfer of own bore-hole water for use on other properties

. No applications to build swimming pools will be approved

. No use of automatic urinal flushing systems allowed

. All car washes will be closed if they have not achieved the requirement to recycle 60% of their water

. No municipal showers will operate

. Municipal swimming pools must be filled with suitable ground water

. Residential, institutional and government users are subject to Part C of the Schedule of Tariffs

. Commercial and industrial users are subject to Part C of the Schedule of Tariffs

. All requirements for the Water and Sanitation Bylaws will be enforced, as will the conditions of Restriction Notice 5

The Municipality requests the following:

. That all residents use a maximum of 50 litres per person per day

. That cistern “bricks” be utilised in every toilet

. That household toilets be flushed with non-municipal water (e.g. grey, rain or borehole water).

. That water-efficient showerheads be used.

The Municipality will:

. Make recycled effluent available to contractors and households for non-drinking purposes during business hours (08:00 – 16:00)

. Make untreated groundwater available for non-drinking purposes, at the Motherwell cemetery

. Install flow control valves at 50 high water user schools

. Train and utilise peace officers from among the staff of all directorates, and Metro Police officers, to enforce the provisions of the Water and Sanitation Services Bylaws and the restriction notice

. Install cistern “bricks” in every one of its own cisterns

. Manage its internal water usage, per directorate, based on the audit conducted. – KAILIN DANIELS