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George Council keeps water restrictions despite 95% dam level

Mar 2, 2018
George Council keeps water restrictions despite 95% dam level

The George Municipal Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 28th February 2018,  that Section 2B Water Restrictions will remain in effect even though the city’s main water source, the Garden Route Dam, is 95% full.

An item submitted by the Civil Engineering Services department to council confirmed the water situation in George had improved to a level at which, per the George Municipality Drought Management Policy, restrictions may be lifted.

However, it was recommended the restrictions remain in effect, citing the Western Cape drought disaster declaration - which applied to the entire province irrespective of dam levels of individual municipalities - and the water crisis in neighbouring towns and the rest of the Western Cape to be taken into account when considering the lifting or cancelling of water restrictions.

The report added that residents were aware that conditions had improved and consumption had increased to about the same levels as at the time when water restrictions had to be imposed.

Water restrictions were first instigated in June last year when the Garden Route Dam dropped to below 60%, and escalated to Section 2C restrictions in August 2017 when the dam dropped to below 45%. The dam reached its lowest level at 41.21% on 13 September 2017 before consistent rains restored levels to its current level of 95.12%, which is 11 months’ supply for George – based on the current dam level, consumption, production capacity and rainfall.


• Handheld watering of gardens using a hose and municipal water: even-numbered households Mondays and Thursdays, 7pm-9pm AND uneven-numbered households Tuesdays and Fridays, 7pm-9pm. • Mechanical irrigation of gardens (sprayers) using municipal water is prohibited.

• Watering sports fields using municipal water is prohibited, except for golf course greens, bowling greens and cricket pitches, daily 7pm-9pm.

• Filling up of swimming pools using municipal water is prohibited.

• Washing cars with a hose using municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed), except for commercial car washes.

• Cleaning of outside surfaces using a hosepipe with municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed).

• “OWN WATER” signage must be displayed where applicable and must be proven on request by municipal officials.

• Applications for exemption of some restrictions may be considered on merit.

Report water leaks and burst pipes to 044 801 9262 or after hours at 044 801 6300, as soon as you notice them.

Report contraventions of water restrictions on 0800 424 277. Fines may apply.