The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Portfolio Committee for Infrastructure, Engineering, Electricity and Energy issued a call to residents to reduce consumption of water by at least 10% even though the average dam levels were 86,4% yesterday.
Mr Barry Martin, Director for Water and Sanitation, said this precautionary call forms part of a plan to take the community on board from the onset regarding developments regarding our water supply.
“Although our dams are relatively full, we are seeing a gradual decline in dam levels and we intend to keep our consumers on board by making information available to them regularly. Since the drought ended in August 2011 and the water restrictions were lifted we experienced a 8,6% increase in water usage.
“With this call there are no punitive measures taken against consumers. The benefit of saving water now prolongs the availability of our current water supply in the dams until our next rainfall season,” Martin added.
Mr Walter Shaidi, Acting Executive Director for Infrastructure and Engineering, said the public call is in addition to efforts by his directorate to curb water leakages and augmentation strategies.
The dam levels are updated weekly on the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality website and regular press releases will also be done to keep residents informed on new developments.
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