More on Water Restrictions

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Readers are encouraged to pay attention to the following information on water restrictions.

Full list of water restrictions, including exemptions and special conditions. Those using boreholes should take note of the signage requirement

In terms of Section 4 of the Water Services Act 108 (No 108 of 1997)and Clause 31 of the Water & Sanitation Services By Law the following will be prohibited from immediate effect:

  1. The use of water obtained from the Municipality’s water supply system for:

(a) watering gardens, lawns, grassed areas, flower beds, racecourses, sports fields, bowling greens, golf greens and fairways, croquet lawns, turf wickets, ploughing fields and the like;
(b) topping up or filling fountains, ornamental ponds and the like;
(c) filling swimming and paddling pools;
(d) washing paved areas, walls, roofs, buildings and similar structures.

  1. The use or operation of:

(a) hosepipes;
(b) sprinklers, sprinkler and drip systems;
(c) automatic swimming pool fillers;
(d) automatic urinal flushing systems;
(e) the connection of a hosepipe or any form of irrigation system to a tap supplying water from the Municipality’s water supply system unless for the purposes permitted in terms of this notice.

 EXEMPTIONS

  1. The use of reclaimed water or water obtained from sources other than the Municipality’s water supply system.
  2. Watering gardens, lawns, grassed areas and flower beds by means of a hand held container.
  3. The use or operation of a hose pipe or sprinkler system for fire fighting.
  4. The filling of a new pool on completion of initial construction.
  5. Commercial vehicle washing business where at least 70 % of the water is recycled. (Vehicle washing by means of a hand held container is permitted)
  6. Watering of plants, trees and shrubs in commercial, state and municipal nurseries.
  7. The filling of municipal swimming pools and swimming pools at hotels, fitness centres, medical care centres, schools, educational institutions and institutions of higher education.
  8. The prohibitions contained in this notice shall not apply in any case specifically exempted, in writing, by the Director: Infrastructure, Planning and Development.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Notice boards must be prominently displayed where water from sources other than the Municipality’s water supply system is used for irrigation.
  • Land owners must notify the Infrastructure, Planning and Development Directorate in writing of the existence of boreholes on their property.
  • Land owners must apply to the Department of Water & Sanitation for the intention to sink boreholes and also notify Kouga Local Municipality.
  • All consumption must be reduced by at least 15% and failure to achieve this will result in Kouga Local Municipality being forced to impose stricter measures.
  • The contravention of this prohibition constitutes a criminal offence.

The Infrastructure, Planning and Development Director, Mr V. Felton, can be contacted at tel 042 200 2200 or email vfelton@kouga.gov.za or egomez@kouga.gov.za

Press release from Kouga Municipality – edited

Save Water!

Water – Every drop counts

It is said that the next world war will be fought over water, or rather the lack of it. Following on from the article on water disruptions  in St Francis Today yesterday, it certainly is becoming an emotional issue and the subject of several discussions yesterday. It seems there is a belief by some that water restrictions have already been imposed on St Francis but this is not the case.

At her ‘100 days in office’ presentation to the DA at St Francis Bay Golf Club last month, Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen  stressed the need to save water and that Nelson Mandela Bay Water had advised Kouga Municipality to reduce water consumption by at least 15%. Our mayor explained that it was impossible to immediately ascertain what a 15% saving constituted, particularly as we are entering our holiday season and an obviously massive increase in water usage.

The Kouga council is meeting today to discuss matters relating to water and there can be little doubt that the subject of water restrictions will be on the table. We will have to wait thus for more clarity as to whether punitive measures will be put in place….. BUT!

Why do we need to wait for the ‘big stick’ to make us aware of the value of this precious resource? Surely the majority of us living, or holidaying in St Francis are educated enough to understand that we simply cannot live without water. We have already experienced the inconvenience of a stuttering electricity supply and we certainly don’t want a repeat where water is restricted to only a few hours a day or worse still, no water!.

Everybody can play their part. Put your hosepipe away in the garage so there is no temptation to use it and make sure your gardener knows not to use it. Lawns will survive even if they may turn a little brown for even the lightest rain or morning dew will sustain them. Yesterday a gardener was spotted using a hose to clean the windows at a house on the canals.  Not acceptable!

If you have a swimming pool there is a handy solution available (read http://aquarista.co.za/services/pool-backwash/) that will allow you to recycle the backwash. Not only will it save water it will save you money and make sure you cover the pool when not in use to reduce evaporation. There are so many ways to save water and if you need some fresh ideas search Google for “ways to save water”.

Sadly there is little we can do about the thousands of visitors who will no doubt consume huge amounts of water, some not caring as they won’t be picking up the water bill at the end of their stay but somehow we need to appeal to them to save water.  Hopefully St Francis Tourism will insert a :SAVE WATER” leaflet in the information pack  they give out to arriving holiday makers.

Every drop counts