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Garden Route dam level falls below 60%: Water restrictions introduced

Jun 2, 2017
Garden Route dam level falls below 60%: Water restrictions introduced

The level of the Garden Route Dam which services the greater George has, on Thursday, fallen below 60%. In an Executive Mayoral-In-Committee  meeting held earlier on Thursday,  the Executive Mayor of George, Ald Melvin Naik announced that with immediate effect certain water restrictions are to be implemented to ensure the water safety of George.

The decision has been taken in terms of the provisions of the George Municipal Drought Management Policy and which provisions are applicable to George and Haarlem.

The right of access to basic water supply and sanitation is a basic right for all communities and it is the responsibility of the George Municipality as the Water Services Institution to take reasonable measure to ensure these rights.

The immediate measures to be adhered to are as follows:

  1. The mechanical irrigation of gardens is prohibited

  2. Gardens may only be watered between the times of 19h00 to 21h00. Garden hoses must be handheld only.

Mondays and Thursdays for even numbered households ONLY

Tuesdays and Fridays for uneven numbered households ONLY.

  1. The irrigation or watering of all sport fields is prohibited. Exemption from restrictions in the following instances only: golf course greens, bowling greens and cricket pitches which may only be watered between 19h00 and 21h00.

  2. The washing of vehicles with a garden hose , except by a commercial enterprise whose business it is to wash cars, is prohibited.

  3. The cleaning of any area by means of water is prohibited.

  4. The filling of swimming pools is prohibited.

  5. Where own water  from a borehole or reservoir is used, the appropriate notice shall be displayed on the premises.

Ald. Naik implored the public to seriously address all water usage with care. The level of the Garden Route Dam is monitored and weekly reports are posted to the municipal website under Alerts and on to the municipal facebook page. Report all water leaks to our Civil Engineering Department on 044 801 9262/66.