Many residents are unsure about the current status of water restrictions in Graaff-Reinet. One person recently contacted the Advertiser, expressing her concern at the lack of information from the Municipality in this regard, stating that she had never received any letter or pamphlet about the water restrictions.
Last November, the council approved the introduction of water restrictions, and even before that, the municipality was urging residents to save water wherever possible.
In January, the municipality issued a press release about water restrictions, with notice that fines of up to R500 can be imposed on anyone who contravenes these restrictions. At that stage (16th January) the dam level stood at 23%, and current readings show the level to have dropped to 16%.
The average daily consumption exceeds the available volume of water.
The water restrictions are still in place, not only in Graaff-Reinet but throughout the whole of the Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality.
According to Section 4 of the Water Services Act 108 and clause 31 of the Water Services and Sanitation Services Regulation, the use of water obtained from the municipality’s water supply system prohibits the following activities:
- a) the watering of gardens, lawns, grasslands, flower beds, sports fields, and similar;
- b) the filling of swimming pools
- c) the washing of outside walls, roofs, and buildings
- d) The use of hosepipes, automatic pool fillers,automatic urinal flushing systems and the connection of a pipeline or any irrigation system to a tap that uses water from the municipality’s water supply system.
Residents are thus reminded to use water only inside the house, and asked to repair any leaks in toilets and cisterns. All residents are asked to conserve water and use it sparingly.
The municipality has requested that all water leaks and abuse of water be reported to 049 080 75756 or 049 807 5904 during office hours. The emergency number for the municipality’s Planning and Engineering department is 082 653 4009.