RESERVOIR LEVELS – CUT WATER CONSUMPTION URGENTLY!!
Municipality is currently experiencing very low levels in the bulk storage
reservoirs on the eastern and western side of the Metro.
Loerie Dam is currently at 19%, which only allows the Loerie Water Treatment
Works to produce a fraction of what the current demand is. The raw water input
from the Scheepersvlakte Dam is also not enough for the Nooitgedagt WTW to cope
with its supply zone. The warm conditions and influx of holiday makers are
putting even more strain on an already fragile system. As a result of these
factors, in conjunction with high water usage from NMBM customers, not enough
water can be treated and conveyed to meet the current demands.
As a result the NMBM is currently running out
of water at a number of its reservoirs.
The areas of the
Metro that will be affected first:
Parts of Motherwell
in these areas could already be experiencing low water pressure and discoloured
water as a result of the critically low levels in the supplying reservoirs. In
order for this situation to be turned around, water consumption must
drastically be cut by as much as 75% to allow the reservoirs to refill.
Water should therefore
be used for essential purposes ONLY.
The Municipality requests
residents and staff to assist in drastically cutting water consumption in order
to avoid a water shortage disaster. If this situation does not improve, it will
result in further areas being affected, more water disruptions and lower water
pressure in other areas.
restrictions will remain in play, as the overall consumption has still not
dropped below the 15% target as stipulated in the Government Gazette.
do not fill any tanks - this will just increase the demand.