Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Standing Committee Chairperson for Infrastructure, Engineering, Electricity and Energy Andile Mfunda has urged residents to conserve water consumption as dam levels are only expected to increase slightly due to a lack of persistent rain in the catchment areas.
“Over the last two days the dam levels have only increased by ½ percent.
“This invariably means that consumption levels must be urgently reduced as analysis would like to suggest that water stored in our dams will be depleted within 18 months if the current consumption patterns persist and no significant inflow into the dams occurs over this period.
“The present consumption is 270 Ml/day and could exceed 300 Ml/day during the summer months like what happened in January/February this year.
“In order to preserve our resources we need to reduce our consumption to 250 Ml/day as was done during the previous drought,” Mfunda said.
During the analysis for the 2014/15 water year it became evident that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has over-abstracted water resources during the previous water year.
Councillor Mfunda said: “The increase in water usage can be attributed to the growth in the improved services that the poor is receiving (more than 75 000 houses have been built since 1994), but also the fact that the good water conservation habits during the last drought have been forgotten”.
Levels of major storage dams measured on Monday, 29 September 2014:
- Kouga: 83.12% – 104 658 Ml
- Churchill: 58.24% – 20 525 Ml
- Impofu: 73.45% – 77 683 Ml
- Loerie: 47.49% – 1 437 Ml
- Groendal: 99.59% – 11 592 Ml
- Average all: 76.67% of total combined capacity – 215 895 Ml.
Based on the analysis the Department of Water Services restricted the water supply to the Municipality by 10% of its annual water allocation, effective from 1 July this year. The fact that the dams are more than 76% full is misleading because there is not sufficient water to sustain us over the next 12 – 24 months.
“We are leading the way when it comes to water conservation and request the community to follow our example and together we will prosper.
“The Metro is embarking on an aggressive leak detection programme which has resulted in a reduction of water losses.
“Community based semi-skilled artisans are used to repair leaks at indigent households going beyond just water conservation as skills are development and people given an opportunity to improve their lives.
“The Metro facilitated plumbing repairs at 20 schools thereby preventing significant water wastage. We need more to continue with this excellent project,” Mfunda said.
- 7 March 2012 – http://mype.co.za/new/just-how-much-water-is-lost-between-dam-and-tap/11968/2012/03
- 19 October 2013 – http://mype.co.za/new/over-25-of-our-water-is-lost-due-to-leaks-before-the-consumers-tap/30036/2013/10
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