Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
30 November 2009
Plettenberg Bay, one of the best destinations along the world-famous Garden Route, has been hit hard by serious drought and the Bitou council has declared a disaster area. The municipality has increased the abstraction and transportation rate from Plettenberg Bay’s main water source, the Keurbooms River, to the water purification works from 80 l/s (litres per second) to 120 l/sec. A new abstraction licence was obtained from the national Department of Water Affairs in October 2009. But increasing the water supply alone will not solve the problem.
The Keurbooms River has dropped below the ecological reserve at which the town has to stop abstraction, and permission is being sought to continue drawing water; though the council is already in contravention of their water abstraction licence.
The Roodefontein storage dam is expected to be depleted within 3 weeks, and people in the area are becoming anxious. There is apparently little to no controls in place to monitor and measure the rate of abstraction from the regions rivers.
It would seem that severe water restrictions could be the order of the day just when the December holiday rush to Plettenberg Bay begins.