Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
26 January 2010
No substantial rainfall can be expected in drought stricken Nelson Mandela Bay before September.
Water and sanitation director Barry Martin warned that the water supply would run out in October and in some areas by July.
In light of worsening water woes tough new water restrictions will be introduced from 01 February. Each household in Nelson Mandela Bay will be restricted to 500 litres per day at the normal tariff of R5.80, with water consumption above this charged at R14.91. The existing stepped tariff with fall away. The watering of plants by any means using municipal water will be prohibited, as will the filling of pools.
Target reductions will be 20% for domestic consumers and 25% for commercial and industrial.
Consideration is being given to declaring the city a disaster area.
Source: Weekend Post