Notice of extension and upgrade at Wellington Waste Water Treatment Works
The extension and upgrade of the Wellington Waste Water Treatment Works will begin on Monday, 30 May 2016. The duration of the construction will be approximately 28 months. The scheduled construction may lead to increased traffic along Ou de Pond Street due to construction on and around this street. Construction vehicles may also use this street to gain access to the waste water treatment works upgrade construction site.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that may be experienced. We endeavour to keep disruptions to a minimum. This work is part of our continuous commitment to maintain and improve our infrastructure.
For any enquiries, please contact Ronald Brown on 021 807 4725 or Ronald.Brown@drakenstein.gov.za
NOTICE TO ALL WATER CONSUMERS:
AMENDED WATER RESTRICTIONS (LEVEL 3) (B)
Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 4(3) of the Water Services Act, and Section 52 of the Municipal Water Services Bylaw of 2014 that, with effect from 1 February 2017 and until further notice, to limit or restrict the use of water, subject to the exemptions provided in this notice, for in paragraph 6 hereof, amended level 3B water restrictions shall apply within the Drakenstein Municipal area:
1: Restrictions applicable to all consumers of water.
a. Watering (with potable water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sport fields, parks and other open spaces allowed only using a bucket or watering container and allowed only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 10:00 or after 16:00 for a maximum of one hour per day per property (Meaning watering a maximum of two (2) hours per week). The use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems are not allowed. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are also encouraged not to water/irrigate between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00.
b. Common areas at gated villages, sports facilities, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, and consumers involved in agricultural activities, users with historical gardens, arboretums and consumers with special requirements, such as care facilities and animal shelters, can apply to the Executive Manager: Infrastructure Services for exemption to the above. The exemption granted for level 3 water restrictions for residential consumers is still applicable, the days and hours for watering the gardens are however amended to only water on Tuesdays and Saturdays for a maximum of 30 minutes per day. All non-residential water consumers that were granted exemption for level 3 water restrictions must re-apply for level 3B exemption.
c. No watering/irrigation within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt.
d. All automatic flushing urinals shall be turned off in buildings during times when such buildings are normally vacated.
e. All properties where alternative, non-potable water resources are used (e.g. rain water harvesting, grey
water re-use, treated effluent water, spring water, well points and boreholes), must display the appropriate signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare.
f. All well points and bore holes must be registered with Drakenstein Municipality, which are located within the municipal water network area.
g. The use of potable water used directly or indirectly to, or derived from, municipal potable water mains for the purpose of watering gardens, lawns, parks and public open spaces is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00.
h. The use of hosepipes connected directly or indirectly to municipal drinking water mains for the purpose of washing or rinsing vehicles, motor cycles or motor boats, movable or immovable structures, paths, pavements and paved areas (except for health purposes), is prohibited. Consumers such as abattoirs, food processing industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, can apply to the Executive Manager: Infrastructure Services for exemption.
i. Ornamental water fountains/water features to be operated only by using recycling the water or if using non-drinking water.
j. The use of water from municipal potable water mains for cooling off of any roof area is prohibited.
k. The approved level 3 water tariffs, that came in effect from 1st of December 2016, will also be applicable on the amended level 3 water restrictions. (level 3B)
2: Restrictions applicable to Residential Consumers
a. No washing of vehicles or boats using municipal drinking water is allowed. Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-potable water or washed at a commercial carwash.
b. Consumers are strongly advised to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.
c. Manual topping up of swimming pools are allowed only if fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.
d. Use of portable play pools and slides are prohibited.
e. The development of new gardens are not recommended, however if developed the watering thereof can only be done in terms of the amended water restrictions (level 3B) notice.
3: Restrictions applicable to Non-residential consumers.
a. Commercial car wash business must recycle at least 50% of the total water consumed.
b. Informal car wash enterprises to use only buckets and no hosepipes.
c. The use of fitted pool covers for public swimming pools is strongly encouraged where practically possible.
d. No automatic top-up systems for swimming pools are allowed.
f. Spray fountains to be strictly managed to minimise water use. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.
g. Consumers are encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components in public places and adhere to Water Services By-law requirements.
h. Common areas at gated villages, sport facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish any new landscaping or sports fields except if irrigated with non-drinking water.
Any person who contravenes the provisions of this notice is guilty of an offence in terms of Section 124 of the municipal Water Services Bylaw of 2014 and is liable to payment of a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred rand per contravention and/or the restriction of flow and/or pressure flow to the property/developments in question.
Dr Johan Leibbrandt
KENNISGEWING AAN ALLE WATERVERBRUIKERS
Waterbesparing noodsaaklik soos wat damvlakke daal
Met die voortslepende droogte is die water krisis besig om te verdiep. Indien die situasie nie baie vinnig verbeter nie, staar groot dele van die provinsie, insluitend Drakenstein Munisipaliteit, ‘n ongekende water krisis in die gesig, waar krane kan leeg loop.
Die moontlike instelling van strenger beperkings word hierdie maand deur verskeie owerhede bespreek en sal dan aan die Raad voorgelê word vir oorweging. Indien die Raad besluit om strenger beperkings in te stel, sal dit aan die publiek gekommunikeer word.
Die damvlakke van onder andere die Bergrivier-, Theewaterskloof- en Voëlvleidam daal vinnig. Volgens vooruitskatting het die Bergrivierdam 5 maande se water oor en die Theewaterskloofdam 7 maande se water oor. Wemmershoekdam het slegs 4 maande se water oor. Hierdie vooruitskattings is nie ‘n waarborg nie en dit sal die damvlakke van hierdie damme in sommige gevalle na onder 5% neem.
Die Munisipaliteit doen weereens ‘n ernstige beroep op ons inwoners om asseblief elke moontlike voorsorg te tref om hul watergebruik te beperk en te spaar. Die situasie is krities en sonder die samewerking van elke liewe inwoner staar ons ernstige probleme in die gesig. Dit is tans baie warm en as gevolg van die droogte ontstaan weghol brande baie maklik met verreikende gevolge soos die afgelope week duidelik geword het.
Die publiek word dus ook versoek om seker te maak dat hulle alles moontlik doen om die brandgevaar te verklein. Daar is baie klein moeitelose, kostelose aanpassings wat elke huishouding kan doen om water te bespaar. Maak seker geen krane of pype in jou huis lek nie. Stort vyf minute of korter. Draai die kraan toe terwyl jy jouself seep smeer en was. Dit kan tot 70 liter per stort spaar. Plaas ‘n emmer in die stort en vang die afloopwater op.
Die water kan gebruik word om die toilet mee te spoel, die kar te was of plante mee water te gee. Gebruik ‘n glas om mee tande te borsel en moenie die kraan laat loop nie. Dit kan tot 20 liter water per dag spaar. Wanneer hande gewas word sit iets onder die kraan om die water in op te vang wat dan as grys water hergebruik kan word.
Werk asseblief saam met ons en meld watervermorsing onmiddellik aan by die Munisipaliteit. Bedags kan u Wetstoepassing skakel by 021 807 6353. Na-ure kan u 021 807 4665 skakel. Waterbesparing is almal se verantwoordelikheid.
CHANGE IN GEYSER TIMES FOR SUMMER
As part of the Energy Demand Side Project, geyser timers that have been installed in households across Drakenstein change with summer approaching. As residents are aware, during high electricity demand timeslots, these units turn off the geyser in an effort to relieve pressure on the electricity network. From 1 September 2016 until 30 June 2017, the geysers will be switched off from 18:00 to 20:00. Residents are reminded to please plan accordingly.