Water Affairs to restrict usage by 40%

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 16 March 2010

The Western Cape Water Affairs Department has approved legislation that restricts annual water usage in drought stricken municipalities from Hessequa to Bitou by 40% with immediate effect.

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“The legislation is gazetted and will be implemented through by- laws in Hessequa, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Bitou and Beaufort West,” department provincial director Rashid Khan said in George.

The legislation also applied to conserving ground water, and households with boreholes were banned from watering their gardens between 7am and 7pm.

Although the idea of limiting private borehole use had been kicked around at previous provincial disaster management meetings, officials had to wait for the legislation to put the restrictions into effect.

Khan said they wanted to stop people with boreholes from overusing the “precious commodity”. They also did not want excessive private borehole use to lead to a lowering of the water table.

“This legislation comes into immediate effect except in Hessequa and Beaufort West where the legislation will only be gazetted in April. Offenders will be prosecuted if they ignore this ban,” Khan said.

He said municipalities would also be penalised if they did not affect sufficient water saving measures.

Source: The Herald