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Overstrand Municipality introduces new water restrictions from 1 June

May 31, 2018
Overstrand Municipality introduces new water restrictions from 1 June

The Overstrand Municipality on Thursday said that diminishing levels of the De Bos dam - Hermanus’ main water source apart from the boreholes, have been a cause of concern.

"Unfortunately, despite a good response to the call to use water sparingly, rainfall over the past couple of months did little to alleviate the situation," said Municipal Spokesperson, Riana Steenekamp. 

"The introduction of Level 2 water saving measures for the Greater Hermanus area has been announced by the Overstrand Executive Mayor, Ald Dudley Coetzee, at a Council meeting on Wednesday."

She said that Level 2 water restrictions will be implemented in the Hermanus area from 1 June 2018.

"These saving measures predominantly affect the use of municipal water to water gardens.

"Residents may only water their gardens for ONE HOUR per day, before 09:00 or after 17:00, ONE DAY per week. The day per week will be in accordance with street numbers," Steenekamp explained.

"For residents with even numbers, it will be Wednesdays ONLY, and for those with uneven numbers, Tuesdays ONLY. The use of irrigation systems is still allowed, but remember not more than one hour.

"Also affected will be the washing of vehicles and boats, which may only be done if a bucket and cloth are used. The hosing down of hard services or paved areas is prohibited."

She said that watering of plants in nurseries, etc., for commercial purposes, is exempted from the water restrictions. And this is also not applicable to commercial car wash industries.

"All well points and boreholes must be registered at the office of the area manager(s) and consumers must ensure that they display the appropriate signage to this effect; clearly visible from a public thoroughfare," Steenekamp added.

"These measures apply to the administrative area of Hermanus only, in other words to all residential areas from Benguela Cove through Fisherhaven to Voëlklip.

"Other administrative areas within Overstrand are not affected by these measures since they still have sufficient water resources."

Steenekamp said that the first level of water restriction tariffs will also apply from this date.

"The tariff for domestic water use up to 6 kl per month will not increase. The tariffs for domestic use above 6 kl per month will increase by 30%. The water tariff for all non-domestic use will also increase by 30%," she said.

"Remember, every drop you save today is worth twice as much tomorrow."