Makana dams run dry

Makana Municipality has reached the point where it can no longer extract water from either Howieson’s Poort (HP) (11.2% full) or Settler’s dam (6.3% full) which supply the western side of Makhanda (Grahamstown).

Makana released a statement on the matter yesterday evening, attributing the shortaged to continuous drought conditions,

“Three boreholes have been connected to the Waainek Water Treatment Works and they can produce a maximum of 0.5 Mℓ a day,” the municipality said in its statement.

The balance of water for the Western side is being supplied by the James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works (JKWTW).

“This means that the JKWTW is now supplying water to both Makhanda East and West. To ensure that all residents have some water under these circumstances, the system is required to be managed in such a way that low water pressure as well as intermittent supply will be experienced in some instances. This situation will continue until we can pump from HP or Settler’s dam,” the municipality said.

“We can only start pumping from these dams once it rains and dam level at HP has recovered enough to start the pump.

“Residents are urged to cut water usage to 25ℓ per person per day to a maximum of 100ℓ per household.”

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