Department of Water and Sanitation
The taking of water from the Algoa Water Supply System is to be limited.
The water and sanitation department announced the decision to limit the use of water in Government Gazette 43900.
The department holds the view that a water shortage exists in certain areas of the Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma Water Management Area in the Eastern Cape, due to insufficient rains in the 2019/20 rainfall season and below average rainfall predictions for the oncoming months, as well as a high water demand.
The limiting of the taking and storing of water includes curtailment of overall 30% on all taking of water from surface water resources for domestic and industrial water use; curtailment of 80% on all taking of water from surface water resources for agricultural water use; the taking of water from individual sub-systems and dams to be limited as outlined in Table 1 and the taking of water from the groundwater resources listed in Table 2 to be limited for domestic, industrial and irrigation use.
All water users in the Mzimvubu to Tsitsikamma Water Management Area must install electronic water recording, monitoring or measuring devices to enable monitoring of abstractions, storage and use of water.
Monthly totals of metered volumes abstracted need to be submitted with effect from 30 days following the date of publication of the notice and by the 5th day of each month thereafter.