And you though that getting water to your tap was easy?
- The metro currently services 218 000 water connections
- 3 – 5 000 families connect to the Metro water system each year.
- We consumed 230 megalitres per day in 2011
- Our water consumption has increased by 8.6% in the last 24 months.
- Before the last drought the public was informed when dam levels were at 60%.
- The warning signals in 2013 have gone out when the dam levels reached 84%
- The last drought was broken with rainfall in excess of 200 mm in June 2011.
- In 2008/9 we had the lowest rainfall ever since 1900.
- Since October last year we have only met the 20 year average rainfall for only two months – June and August of 2013.
- Our drought cycle is a 4 year one
- The Weather service is predicting a 35 – 40% chance of below average rainfall over our catchment area between now and February 2014.
- The accepted water loss norm for non revenue water on the internal networks (from reservoir to tap) is currently 25% and the accepted international norm is 15%
- 100 000 households in the metro receive some form of municipal (ratepayer) assistance to the poor (ATTP) – 260 litres of water per day is free (along with a 100% rates rebate, free removal of 11 kilolitres of sewerage, free refuse removal and up to 75 kWh of free electricity per month.
- Water leaks inside ATTP residents are repaired free of charge.
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