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Level 3 water restrictions to apply from 1 December in Drakenstein – 120 litres allowed per person per day
From 1 December 2018, Level 3 water restrictions and accompanying reduced tariffs will apply in Drakenstein, allowing its residents 120 litres of municipal drinking water per person per day. Drakenstein Municipality - the largest municipality in the Western Cape outside the City of Cape Town - has decided to lower its restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3, in line with the City of Cape Town with whom the Municipality shares a major water resource.
Paarl and Wellington draw most of their water from the Wemmershoek Dam, which Drakenstein Municipality shares with the City of Cape Town (Drakenstein uses 7% and Cape Town 93%). Gouda and Hermon draw mainly from the Voëlvlei Dam, and Saron from springs in the area.
The new Level 3 water restrictions will be accompanied by lower water tariffs, bringing further financial relief to the residents and businesses of Drakenstein. The Level 3 restrictions have been approved by Councillor Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality, and were officially noted by the Drakenstein Municipal Council at a Council meeting on 28 November 2018.
“Thanks to fairly stable Western Cape dam levels that are higher when compared to the same time last year, Drakenstein Municipality decided to lower our water restrictions to Level 3,” says Executive Mayor Poole. “However, we know that we’ve entered our drier season now and that we can no longer rely on good rainfall to fill up our dams. So, this is basically the amount of water that we have at our disposal to sustain Drakenstein and our visitors until the end of summer. That is why we have to look after it carefully and keep on using water responsibly,” he cautions.
From 1 December 2018 onwards Drakenstein residents will be able to top up or fill up their swimming pools with municipal drinking water, provided that the pool is fitted with a non-permeable solid pool cover. No automatic pool top-up systems will be allowed, and the use of portable or any temporary play pools will be prohibited.
Residents will also be allowed to water or irrigate their gardens, lawns, flowerbeds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sport fields, parks and other open spaces with potable water from municipal supply, provided that they use a bucket or watering container and do it before 10:00 in the morning and after 16:00 in the afternoon only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. No automatic sprinkler systems will be allowed.
The Level 3 water restrictions further include:
• No watering/irrigation within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. (Facilities/consumers using boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or wellpoints are allowed to water/irrigate.)
• Washing or rinsing of vehicles, motorcycles or motorboats, movable or immovable structures, paths, pavements and paved areas (except for health purposes) is allowed only by using a bucket or watering container. Consumers such as abattoirs and food-processing industries using potable water for processing/manufacturing or similar treatments, can apply to the Executive Director: Engineering Services for exemption.
• Common areas at gated villages, sport 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 Director: Engineering Services for exemption.
• Consumers that were exempted from previous restrictions levels must again apply for exemptions from Level 3 restrictions.
• All automatic flushing urinals shall be turned off in buildings when these buildings are normally vacated.
• All properties where alternative, non-potable water resources are used (e.g. rainwater harvesting, greywater re-use, treated effluent water, spring water, wellpoints and boreholes), must display the appropriate signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare. These water users are strongly encouraged to follow the same watering times as applicable to municipal drinking water use.
• The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental water fountains or water features is prohibited.
(For the full Level 3 water restriction details, visit www.drakenstein.gov.za/savewater.)
From 1 December 2018, the new Level 3 domestic tariffs (excluding 15% VAT) will be:
• 0 to 6 kl - R5.92/kl• 6 > to ≤ 10 kl - R12.07/kl• 10 > to ≤15 kl - R15.81/kl• 15 > to ≤30 kl - R20.51/kl• 30 > to ≤50 kl - R87.12/kl• 50 > to ≤ 80 kl - R187.19/kl• Above 80kl - R300.64/kl
Drakenstein Municipality still encourages its community to flush toilets with greywater, rainwater or other non-drinking water. The Municipality also urges residents to install water-efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.
The Municipality will continue to respond promptly to reports of water leaks in the reticulation system, which the community is encouraged to report to 021 807 4715 or the Municipality’s toll-free number: 080 131 3553.
Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality
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