Water restrictions, with immediate effect

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At its final council meeting of the year, held at Cannon Rocks in December, an addendum item requested the approval of the following water restrictions with immediate effect:

The use of municipal water for watering gardens, grassed area, flowerbeds, sports fields, bowling greens, golf greens and fairways, croquet lawns, turf wickets, ploughing fields is prohibited. So is the topping-up or filling of fountains, ornamental ponds and the like. The filling of swimming and paddling pools as washing paved areas, walls, roofs, building and similar structures is also prohibited.

Also prohibited is the use of hosepipes, sprinklers, sprinkler and drip systems, automatic swimming pool filters, automatic urinal flushing systems along with the connection of a hosepipe or any form of irrigation system to a tap supplying water from the municipality’s water supply system except for purposes permitted in terms of the municipal ruling.

Exemptions to this include the use of reclaimed water or water obtained from sources other than the municipality’s supply system, the watering of gardens and flowerbeds by use of a hand-held container, the use of hoses and sprinkler systems for firefighting, the watering of plants, trees and shrubs in commercial, state and municipal nurseries.

Notice boards must be prominently displayed when water from sources other than the municipality is used for irrigation. Landowners must notify the municipal infrastructure directorate in writing of the existence of any boreholes on their property including the intention to sink new boreholes.

It is noted that the contravention of this prohibition is a criminal offence.

That in all the areas the water be restricted at night when required by the closing of water for certain hours of the night and open in the morning. The time will depend on the demand versus the capacity of each area.

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