The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is working against the clock to find additional sources of water to supplement our current deteriorating supply due to the persistent drought.
Our reservoirs are at an all time low and the situation is becoming worse due to the persistent below average rainfall that has not been able to break the current drought.
Today the City officially introduced the Motherwell Groundwater Point which is located in the Motherwell cemetery where businesses and residents are encouraged to make use of this resource in order to save our purified/treated potable water supplies.
Groundwater exploration is part of the administration’s long term plan to access every possible water source that could provide a reasonable yield and see the maximisation of groundwater usage in the long term.
The current yield for the Motherwell Groundwater Point is 20 million litres of water per day and this is a major source of water that can assist in ensuring that less of our scarce drinkable (potable) water is sparred.
However, the water at the site is not fit for drinking and as such, people are advised to use if for car washes, filling up of swimming pools, construction, gardening and other water usages.
The City is also looking at other possible potential groundwater exploration inside the Municipal boundaries to find additional water sources.
We have also discovered a favourable area for drilling, extraction and treatment of the Coega Aquifer which will have a yield of 26 mega liters of water per day. The Metro has submitted a licence