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MR 201 Section 33 Notice and Supporting Documentation
Building Plan Applications submitted online.
Please note that as of 1 July 2017 Building Plan Applications are to be submitted online. A grace period of two (2) calendar months is given. As of 1 September 2017 no hardcopies of Building Plans will be accepted.
Architectural Practitioners are requested to submit Building Plan Applications online.
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NOTICE TO ALL WATER CONSUMERS:
WATER RESTRICTIONS (LEVEL 4B)
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 immediate effect until further notice, to limit or restrict the use of water, subject to the exemptions provided in this notice, for in paragraph 6 hereof, level 4B water restrictions shall apply within the Drakenstein Municipal area:
All water users are required to immediately use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total irrespective of whether you are at home, work or elsewhere.
1. RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL CUSTOMERS
No watering/irrigation (with municipal drinking water) of flower beds, lawns, vegetables, agricultural crops, other plants, sports fields, golf courses, schools, learning institutions facilities, nurseries, parks and other open spaces, nurseries and customers involved in agricultural activities, users with historical gardens etc.
No watering/irrigation (with municipal drinking water) of irrigate sports fields, parks, etc. by internal City departments except non-drinking water is used. When non-drinking water is used, it will need to be upon agreement of days and times with Water and Sanitation department.
Facilities/customers making use of boreholes water, treated effluent water, spring water or well points are encouraged not to water/irrigate within seven days after rainfall that provided adequate saturation.
The municipality may only irrigate sports fields, parks, islands, etc. using non-drinking water and upon agreement of days and times with the Water Services Branch.
All boreholes and well points must be registered with the Municipality and must display the official signage (with permit number) clearly visible from a public thoroughfare.
Use of treated effluent/greywater/rainwater/other non-drinking water for toilet flushing is encouraged.
Borehole/well point water must be used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation. Borehole/well point water users are strongly encouraged to irrigate only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00 for a maximum of one hour per day.
All properties where alternative, non-drinking water resources are used (including rain water harvesting, grey water re-use, treated effluent water and spring water) must display signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare.
No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water allowed. (Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs may apply for exemption. See below for the application process.)
The use of water from municipal potable water mains for cooling off of any roof area is prohibited.
The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental water fountains or water features is prohibited.
The approved level 4B water restrictions will be applicable with immediate effect and that level 4 tariffs will still be applicable.
2. RESTRICTION APPLICABLE TO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats using municipal drinking water. Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-drinking water or waterless products.
Customers are strongly encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.
No topping (manually or automatically) up or filling of swimming pools allowed, even if fitted with pool cover.
The use of portable or any temporary play pools is prohibited.
Should not use more than 87 litres of municipal drinking water per person per day, for basic human needs (cumulatively throughout the day wherever you are)
3. RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO NON- RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats with municipal drinking water at transport interchanges except with non-drinking water or waterless products.
No washing of vehicles/similar, using municipal drinking water, at informal and formal car washes is allowed except where waterless products are used or dry steam cleaning process are used.
No manual/automatic swimming pool top-up allowed.
Spray parks are prohibited.
Customers/facilities are strongly encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.
Golf courses, sport facilities, parks, schools, learning institutions, etc. are not allowed to establish any new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-drinking water.
For users supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service intermediaries or water service providers), the contract conditions shall apply.
All exceptions issued under Level 4 water restrictions were withdrawn and re-application will not be considered unless otherwise stated above. Consumers should also note that water pressure may be reduced in the reticulation systems, to minimize water leaks and such will cause intermittent water supply.
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.
NOTICE OF EXCAVATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TO ELECTRICAL RETICULATION – PAARL
Excavations and maintenance to the electrical reticulation cables along Mill-, Upper Lady Grey-, Lady Grey and Waterkant-Streets, PAARL will commence on 15th May 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid-July 2017.
The scheduled construction may lead to road- or lane closures along Upper Lady Grey-, Lady Grey –and surrounding streets and traffic congestion can be expected.
Development and Investment Desk
Drakenstein Municipality is a development friendly institution. We have therefore established a Development and Investment (DI) Desk, which will be the point of entry for developers approaching the Municipality with proposed developments in the area. The purpose of the DI Desk is to fast track the process of development projects in the Municipality. In essence, moving away from red tape and rolling
out the red carpet for those who want to join hands with us to increase Drakenstein’s economic growth.
The Development and Investment Desk is coordinated by Mrs. Elde Muller. She can be contacted during office hours on 021 807 4617 or Elde.Muller@drakenstein.gov.za
Press release by Dr Johan Leibbrandt - Municipal Manager
Date: 26 June 2017
DRAKENSTEIN WASTE RECYCLERS REASSURED
The Waste-to-Energy (WtE) project proposed for Drakenstein Municipality comes at a critical time when the airspace of the Wellington landfill is fast running out. The proposed project has been a topic of regular and sometimes contentious discussion frequently based on incorrect information. The proposed project that is currently in the Environmental Impact Assessment phase includes the fulfilment of various statutory requirements expected to be concluded during the latter half of 2018.
Essential to note is that the proposed WtE project is an integrated waste management solution since it includes recycling, waste treatment and disposal as well as the reuse of by-products. It is entirely aligned with the waste hierarchy and management objectives outlined in the national waste strategy and legislation and gives effect to the Integrated Waste Management Plan of the Municipality.
Drakenstein Municipality is clear that none of the local recycling and waste service providers will be affected by the proposed WtE project. The Municipality’s service delivery mandate includes the collection of waste from households and businesses and it is only the waste so collected and effectively taken ownership of by the Municipality, that forms part of the proposed WtE project. Private recyclers operate in the arena of pre-collection waste and the Municipality has no intention to take any steps to curb these waste activities. In fact, it is welcomed if these activities flourish to create even more job opportunities. Currently, the recyclable waste generated by households and businesses is mixed with the municipal solid waste weekly collected by the Municipality from these households and businesses except in the nine wards where the Municipality has already introduced a clear bag system to encourage the separation of general and recyclable household/business waste. The proposed project will focus on expanding the clear bag system to all wards but will not interfere in any of the activities of the current waste handlers. It is rather foreseen that more job opportunities will be created by the further roll-out of the clear bag system, the optimisation of the operations of the Paarl Material Recovery Facility and the building and operation of another material recovery facility at the Wellington landfill.
The Municipality further emphasizes that the first steps in the waste hierarchy namely waste avoidance and minimisation, are the joint responsibility of households, commerce and industry. The public is encouraged to visit the waste education pages on the Drakenstein website for tips on waste reduction and information on the location of municipal recycling banks.
Drakenstein Municipality respects our community members and any concerns they may have. However, advanced technology is proposed for the Waste-to-Energy project and each WTE facility is built to specific standards taking into account the surrounding environment, the waste types and the climate of the region thus information not taking these factors into account does not present an accurate or fair picture of the proposed facility.
Residents must please note that the environmental impact assessment is still in process and a final assessment of the viability of the project is still to be made thus preempting the outcome is premature.
Drakenstein is a responsible institution and committed to legally correct processes. The opinion expressed by the provincial government is in the process of being addressed with the relevant authorities.
We acknowledge the right of our communities to take legal action but would rather encourage open and constructive discussions.
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
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 WINTER
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. The geysers will be switched off from 18:00 to 20:00. Residents are reminded to please plan accordingly.