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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 July 2020 and until further notice, the new level 1 water restrictions shall apply within the Drakenstein Municipal area:

1: Restrictions applicable to all consumers of water.

a. Watering/irrigation (with potable water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sport fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only by using a bucket or watering container or hand held hose pipe before the hours of 10:00 and after 16:00, and watering is only allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Automatic sprinkler systems are allowed. 

b. Common areas at gated villages, sports facilities, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, and consumers involved in agricultural activities, users of historical gardens, arboretums and consumers with special requirements, such as care facilities and animal shelters, can apply to the Executive Manager: Engineering Services for exemption to the above.

c. Consumers that were exempted from previous restrictions levels need not apply for exemptions.

d. No watering/irrigation within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. (Facilities/consumers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well points are allowed).

e. All automatic flushing urinals shall be turned off in buildings during times when such buildings are normally vacated.

f. 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 and water users are strongly encouraged to follow the same watering times as applicable to municipal drinking water use detailed above.

g. All borehole and wellpoint users are expected to comply with all national Department of Water and Sanitation regulations pertaining to borehole/wellpoint usage, including the notice in Government Gazette No. 41381 (Vol. 631) of 12 January 2018. All well points and bore holes which are located within the municipal water network area must be registered with Drakenstein Municipality.

h. Washing or rinsing of vehicles, motor cycles or motor boats, movable or immovable structures, paths, pavements and paved areas (except for health purposes), is allowed only using a bucket of water container or a hose pipe held in hand fitted with an automatic self-closing device. Consumers such as abattoirs and food processing industries using potable water for processing/manufacturing or similar treatments, can apply to the Executive Manager: Engineering Services for exemption.

i. The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental water fountains or water features is prohibited.

j. Topping up or filling of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed only if pool is fitted with a non-permeable solid pool cover. Automatic pool top-up systems are allowed. Water wise pool management including rain water top up and the recovery of backwash water is strongly encouraged.

2: Restrictions applicable to Residential Consumers

a.  The Level 1 domestic water tariffs (excluding 15% VAT) are as follows:

   0  to ≤ 6 kl           -  R6.71/kl

 >6  to ≤ 10 kl     -  R13.67/kl

 >10 to ≤ 15 kl      -  R17.92/kl

 >15 to ≤ 30 kl      -  R23.24/kl

 >30 to ≤ 50 kl      -  R32.44/kl

 >50 to ≤ 80 kl       -  R58.85/kl

   Above 80kl             -  R81.90/kl

b. Please note that preventative water tariffs are applicable for consumption greater than 50 kiloliters per month.

c. Customers are strongly encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.

d. The use of portable or any temporary play pools is prohibited.

e. All residents are encouraged to use no more than 180 litres of municipal drinking water per person per day in total irrespective of whether you are at home, work or elsewhere.

f. Consumers are encouraged to flush toilets with greywater, rainwater or other non-drinking water.

3: Restrictions applicable to Non-residential consumers.

a. Commercial car wash business must recycle at least 50% (strongly encouraged) of the total water consumed.

b. Informal car wash enterprises to use buckets and or hosepipes held in hand fitted with an automatic self-closing device.

c. The use of fitted pool covers for public swimming pools is strongly encouraged where practically possible.   No automatic top-up systems for swimming pools are allowed.

d. Washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats with non-drinking water or cleaning with waterless products or dry steam cleaning processes is strongly encouraged.

e. Spray fountains to be strictly managed to minimise water use. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.

f. 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 adhere to Water Services By-law regulations.

g. No new landscaping or sport fields may be established, except if irrigated only with non-drinking water.

h. For users supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service intermediaries or water service providers), the contract conditions shall apply.



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.




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