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WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR CITY

SOL PLAATJE MUNICIPALITY ANNOUNCES WATER RESTRICTIONS

Because the current water situation in Kimberley has not improved since November 2018 the Sol Plaatje Municipality has instituted Stage Five water restrictions as per the Water Restrictions Policy.

As part of the intervention the water supply to Kimberley households will be switched off at 6pm every evening until 4am in the morning.

This will be maintained until the situation has normalised and reservoir levels have stabilised at about 15 feet.

Water will also be switched off from noon on Saturdays until noon on Sundays every weekend.

This will assist in improving reservoir levels and ensure that upper lying areas have security supply.

WATER RESTRICTIONS – THE IMPACT

No non-essential water use is permitted at any time during the restriction.

Only essential domestic, industrial and commercial use may be permitted under strict monitoring.

Watering essential to keep plants alive may be applied using a bucket or watering can ONLY.

BACKGROUND

The current water demand exceeds maximum pumping capacity, as such reservoir levels cannot be sustained. These measures are implemented with the objective of ensuring that water supply is sustained at least at minimum level, and to protect consumers from a complete dry taps disaster.

As such, the municipality is urging all consumers and residents for utmost cooperation and patience under these circumstances.

The “Bulk Storage Reservoir” system has a safe supply when the reservoir levels are between 13ft and 16ft (colour code: Green). Between 9ft and 12ft, the system becomes vulnerable (colour code: Amber) and high risk level. Once levels remain at 8ft and lower, the system fails (colour code: Red) and as a result all upper lying areas and some lower lying areas don’t have water, and where there is still water, pressure drops drastically.

It is therefore important that the municipality avoids the red code levels at all costs.

Trigger of Water Restrictions in this case, among other things is the inability of the water system to provide sufficient water to meet consumer demand. This is generally indicated by reports of pressure lower than normal during peak periods. In this case water restrictions are imposed to ensure equity of access to the available system pressure in the supply system.