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Saving water is everyone’s business

In light of the continuing drought and the rising temperatures, it is important for residents to note that Drakenstein Municipality is still applying water restrictions and will continue to do so until further notice.

Drakenstein Municipality have been applying water restrictions with the aim to reduce water consumption with approximately 20% since 1 July.

With the City of Cape Town escalating their water restrictions to level 3 for the foreseeable future, it was necessary for Drakenstein Municipality to adjust its restrictions as well.

The Municipality supplies water to residents from its own sources as well as bulk supply from the City of Cape Town. Approximately 40% of the total water supplied to Drakenstein comes from own resources. The water bought from the City is sourced from several dams in the Western Cape.

The water levels for the dams which provide water to the City and Drakenstein, are much lower than in previous years. With water levels still declining, it is important that every resident obey the imposed water restrictions and save as much water as possible. We have to reduce consumption by at least 20%. If we do not take care with our water resources, we will face a serious crisis. A water shortage could result in possible water shedding if the necessary savings are not achieved.

Residents and businesses must take note of the fact that since the restrictions have been implemented, the water tariff has escalated accordingly. The 20% water restriction tariff has been used since 1 July and will continue to be in use until further notice.

Please make every effort to save water.

All residents must adhere to the compulsory water restrictions which include the following:

  • Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces allowed only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems are allowed. Watering times are not restricted, however, residents are urged to limit their watering to the mornings and evenings.
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, customers involved in agricultural activities, users with historical gardens and customers with special requirements can apply to the Director: Engineering Services for exemption to the above.
  • No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipality supply water is allowed (except for health purposes).
  • Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, care facilities, animal shelters and industries or facilities with special needs can apply to the Director: Engineering Services for exemption.
  • Ornamental water fountains/water features to be operated only by recycling the water or if using non-potable water.
  • Washing (using municipal supply water) of vehicles and boats only allowed if using a bucket.
  • Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best practice norms regarding water usage per car washed.
  • Informal car washes to use only buckets and not hosepipes.
  • Manual topping up of private swimming pools allowed only if fitted with a pool cover.
  • No automatic top-up systems are allowed for private or public swimming pools.
  • The use of fitted pool covers for public swimming pools is strongly encouraged where practically possible
  • The use of portable play pools is prohibited.
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish any new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water (boreholes/ well points or grey water re-use).

For additional information, vist www.drakenstein.gov.za.

Residents who do not adhere to these restrictions will face a hefty fine.

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