Port Elizabeth – Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay have been urged to use just 50 litres of water a day as the water crisis facing the city deepens, with the dam levels reaching an all-time low.
Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip addressed the media after leading a delegation of councillors and religious leaders to the Churchill Dam to pray for rain.
The combined capacity of the supply dams has dropped 31% year-on-year, and as of January 24, was at just 25.1%.
Trollip urged residents to curb water use to just 50 litres per person per day, and for the City to reduce its daily consumption to 250 megalitres.
Trollip said the metro would not see a Day Zero, as expected in Cape Town, as long-term steps had been taken to augment the City’s water supply through the Nooitgedacht Low Level Water Scheme, which supplies water from the Gariep Dam.
Phase two of the scheme was recently completed and it now provides 130 megalitres of water per day at peak capacity. The treatment works are being further upgraded, with phase three expected to be completed early next year, increasing capacity to 210 megalitres a day at peak capacity.
Trollip said this water augmentation, coupled with borehole water and water being held in reserve, meant that the City would not run out of water, but that certain areas, specifically the southern and western parts of the metro, could face disrupted supply as their main supply was from the dams, and water would