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Water consumption in Mossel Bay, Garden Route, South Africa has dropped to its lowest level over the past three years in August 2010 when it averaged 12,75 million litres a day for the month compared to 31,9 million litres a day in August 2009 and 25,4 million litres a day in August 2008. The saving compared to last year is 60 per cent.
The situation, however, remains very serious and the level of the Wolwedans Dam stood at 16,8 per cent on Wednesday, 8 September 2010.
The Municipality says the saving can be ascribed to the water restrictions that are in force as well as the co-operation of consumers, the majority of whom uses less than the current monthly limit of 15 kilolitres per household. In August 2010, 73,54 per cent out of 25 households used less than 10 kilolitres of water per month and 86,79 per cent in total used less than 15 kilolitres per month.
According to the statement good progress is being made with the various water projects and the Municipality is confident of remaining able to supply in the demand at existing levels. It is, however, absolutely essential that these levels are maintained until further notice and that consumers continue to adhere to the restrictions, the Municipality says.
It is also necessary that all consumers continue to adhere to the restrictions which are still as follows:
- The watering of gardens with municipal water, grey or used water excluded, is prohibited. Property owners who have their own water sources, such as rain water tanks or boreholes, must display a sign to this effect in a clearly visible position on the property.
- The washing of motor vehicles with municipal water is prohibited, except in the case of existing bona fide car wash businesses under conditions as determined by the Municipality.
- The hosing down of roofs, driveways and other surfaces is prohibited.
- The watering of all sports fields with municipal water is prohibited.
The fine for each transgression of the water restrictions is R1 000 and transgressions can be reported by phoning (044) 606-5210.
Photograph of the Wolwedans Dam which shows how low the dam level is.