Water rationing begins in Makana

The severity of the ongoing drought conditions mean that the dam levels on the western side of Makana – Settlers, Jameson, Milner and Howiesons Poort Dams –  have dropped below abstraction point, Makana Municipality said in a statement today.

“Supply to the Makana system is now wholly dependent on the small amount of water provided by the newly connected boreholes and what is produced at the James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works. In order to maintain equitable levels across all the city’s reservoirs it has become necessary to implement water rationing. Phase One rationing will be implemented with immediate effect and the implementation of escalating phases will be communicated to the community through existing channels,” the Makana communications office said.

Phase One:

No Sunday supply. This has proved effective measure in allowing reservoir levels to recover enough to ensure supply for the first part of the week, the municipality said.

Phase Two:

No Sunday supply.

Supply restricted to between 6am and 6pm daily.

Phase Three:

No Sunday supply.

No Wednesday supply.

Supply restricted to between 6am and 6pm daily.

“These measures are designed to assist with but will not completely alleviate problems of low to no pressure which significantly affect the following areas serviced from the High Level and the Mayfield Reservoirs: Xolani, Tantyi, Mary Waters, Industrial Area, Hill 60, Cradock Heights, Spencer Chapman, Sunnyside, Army Base, Dulverton Road, Hills View.

“We plead with the community to continue to use water sparingly and that residents adhere to the restriction of 25 litres per person per day to a maximum of four people per household,” the municipality continued.

“We would like to thank everyone who is making an effort to save water and those who tirelessly report leaks. We make every effort to attend to them as quickly as possible.”


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