The total average dam levels have dropped to 43.5%. With the last 10% (dead storage) of dam’s water mostly not useable, dam levels are effectively 33.5% of useable water with approximately 12 month of useable water left at current consumption levels.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber implores all concerned to use water sparingly and also encourage the business fraternity to support water saving initiatives such as adopting one of the top 50 schools identified as high users by the Nelson Mandela bay Municipality, to try bring down their water consumption levels.
Please find a statement by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality below:
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) would like to thank consumers who continue to find innovative ways of saving water, but we also challenge them to see if we can get much closer to the usage target of 250 Ml/day.
As our dam levels continue to drop we are required to enforce drastic measures to ensure that we prolong the little supply we have. If we do not receive meaningful rain in the next few weeks, we project that the total dam storage will be less than 40% by beginning of May 2017.
In the event that such happens the following measures and recommendations will be implemented.
• The Municipality will introduce Part C of the approved Tariff Schedule for water for all residential and institutional consumers;
• The Municipality will introduce Part B of the approved Tariff Schedule for water for Commercial and Industrial consumers;
• All domestic customers using more than 40 Kl/m of water be given a two week notice to fix leaks or reduce water consumption, failing which a water flow meter restrictor device be installed to limit the usage;
• All current and future borehole users as well as drilling contractors must in terms of the NMBM Water Sanitation By Law (Clause 83) register at the NMBM (Infrastructure Engineering Directorate: Water Sanitation – Water Distribution);
• Apart from concrete activities, contractors to use recycled water from Fishwater Flats or any other approved wastewater treatment works where disposal facilities exist;
• Borehole water from the trial holes must be made available free of charge for non-potable use at the Motherwell Cemetery under strict access conditions. The volume per user will be as directed by the Executive Director: Infrastructure Engineering.
The Municipality is currently implementing various emergency schemes and interventions to mitigate the consequences of water shortage. These schemes and interventions are as follows:
1. Emergency schemes: Making available non-potable water to the public at no cost, this to offset potable water consumption; Promoting use and making available return effluent water from all waste water treatment plants; Making available untreated ground water at Coega Kop. This water will be collected at Motherwell cemetery; Accelerating the completion of Nooitgedacht Phase 2 to increase the treatment capacity of the plant and bring additional 40Ml of water to the system by July 2017; Increase treated unfiltered water from Nooitgedacht plant by 15 Ml; Planning and completion of feasibility studies for desalination of sea water; Procurement and construction of a temporary water treatment plant for ground water aquifers in Coega Kop and associated infrastructure.
2. Interventions: Human capital resourcing – Staff recruitments; Maximising efficiency and production by working overtime and weekends to fix leaks and address complaints backlogs; Source external capacity to augment internal capacity – Tri-annual contractors has been procured to assist in leak detection and fixing thereof; Intensification of the Assistance To The Poor (ATTP) programme – This programme is responsible for the fixing of internal leaks on indigent households; The NMBM has served notices to schools with high consumption; The NMBM will be installing water demand management devices to schools to stop water abuse; NMBM has completed the training of Peace Officers to start with issuing of fines and enforcing Water Sanitation bylaw; Implementation of various water conservation and water demand initiatives.
Issued by: Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality