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Level 5 restrictions to bring financial relief

Drakenstein Municipality has announced it too is dropping water restrictions to Level 5, allowing its residents 70 litres per person per day, from 1 October.

With the lower water tariffs, the new Level 5 restrictions will also bring financial relief to residents and businesses of Paarl, Wellington, Gouda, Saron, Hermon and Simondium.

The Level 5 restrictions, which have been approved by Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor of Drakenstein, will officially be noted by the Drakenstein Municipality at a council meeting at the end of September.

“Together with our residents and businesses, Drakenstein Municipality welcomes these more lenient restrictions and tariffs,” he said. “However, we urge our community to now be more responsible than ever with our precious resource. We’re not out of the red yet, and we need to conserve every drop so that we’ll have sufficient water supply this summer.”

Western Cape dam levels are continuing to climb steadily and currently stand on 69,1%. Paarl and Wellington draw most of their water from the Wemmershoek Dam, which the 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.

Following the example of the City of Cape Town, with whom the municipality works closely to manage current resources, Drakenstein’s Level 5 restrictions will include:

. No watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water of flowerbeds, lawns, vegetables, agricultural crops, other plants, sports fields, golf courses, schools, learning institution facilities, nurseries, parks and other open spaces is allowed;

. The use of borehole water for outdoor purposes, including watering/irrigating and filling/topping up of swimming pools, is discouraged to preserve groundwater resources. All boreholes and well points must be registered with Drakenstein Municipality and must display the official signage (with permit number) clearly visible from a public thoroughfare;

. The use of treated effluent/greywater/rainwater/other non-drinking water for toilet flushing is encouraged;

. No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water is allowed (Users such as abattoirs, food-processing industries, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs must apply for exemption.);

. No topping up (manually or automatically) or filling of swimming pools is allowed, even if fitted with a pool cover;

. No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats using municipal drinking water is allowed.

Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-drinking water or waterless products.

Drakenstein residents should please note that those with high water consumption and water bills will be prioritised for enforcement, and water restricters will be installed if they do not adhere to the restriction measures.

Non-residential properties in Drakenstein – such as commercial and industrial properties, schools, clubs and institutions – should ensure that their monthly consumption of municipal drinking water is reduced by 40%, compared to the corresponding period in 2015.

Drakenstein Municipality requests residents to stock 2-5 litres per person for drinking and basic hygiene at all times, and reminds the Drakenstein community that water supplied by the municipality remains safe to drink, as it is frequently tested according to safety standards.

For more information, visitwww.drakenstein.gov.za/savewater.

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