Notice to all users of Municipal potable water: Good Water Management Habits and Practices shall apply immediately.
Notice is hereby given in terms of the “Bitou Municipal Drought Policy” to limit or restrict the use of water with immediate effect until further notice.
Due to the severe drought, our water resources are being depleted rapidly. The water level at the Roodefontein Dam as well as the Keurbooms River flowrate are decreasing gradually by the day.
As a precautionary measure to ensure that this precious commodity remains available to its residents during this critical period, Bitou Municipality has taken the unfortunate decision in terms of section 184 of the Municipal Ordinance, 20 of 1974, to institute STAGE 1 water restrictions, FROM 31 MAY 2017 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. These restrictions only apply to water obtained from the municipal potable water supply sources and does not affect recycled water such as dish and bathwater or residents that make use of private boreholes.
The restrictions shall apply within the boundaries of the Bitou Municipal area and residents are encouraged to continue with the ‘good water management habits and practices’ already achieved. These restrictions are required to achieve water savings as required due to the drought conditions. The drought tariffs for water and sanitation services will also be instituted.
The purpose of this notice is to inform all municipal potable water users of the new Stage 1 water restrictions to be imposed as of 31 May 2017. Stage 2 water restrictions will be imposed if the current situation worsens.
Saving water has become a priority for the Bitou Municipality as the town battles with the drought. As a possible dry winter looms, residents are urged to be mindful of using the precious commodity carefully.
"Water is a scarce resource which we must conserve and use responsibly.”
STAGE 1 WATER RESTRICTIONS
1.1.1 Watering of gardens may only be undertaken for two hour per day between 18:00–20:00, two days per week.
1.1.2 A fine in terms of Section 75A of the Systems Act, being a 50% penalty on tariffs for monthly consumption in excess of 20 kilolitre per month per household connection.
1.1.3 At sports fields only the watering of cricket pitches, golf course greens and bowling greens is permitted for two hours per day, twice per week, unless own source of water is used.
1.1.4 No hosing of roofs and driveways and no washing of vehicles with a garden hose will be permitted.
1.1.5 That the restriction referred to in 1.1.4 above not be applicable to any bona fide and full-time commercial enterprises whose business it is to wash cars.
1.1.6 An effective awareness and education campaign processes must be conducted. The public awareness campaign must be intensified. A specific service provider with the relevant experience, must be identified to fulfil this function. Where capacity does not exist within the Municipality an outside entity must be temporarily appointed
1.1.7 That water restrictions become effective immediately after being advertised in the media, and in public places.
1.1.8 Consumers must be closely monitored and those that do not heed the restrictions identified. A specific person, with the relevant experience, must be identified to fulfil this function. Where capacity does not exist within the Municipality an outside entity must be temporarily appointed
1.1.9 Maintenance teams must be made available to address leakages on erven in indigent households.
1.1.10 A service must be made available - call centre number - where contraventions can be reported and followed up immediately by the relevant department and/or Law Enforcement
1.11 Any person who contravenes these restrictions is guilty of an offence and is, upon conviction, liable to a fine as published in the annual tariffs list.
Contraventions should be reported to the 24-hour number 086 124 8686.
Mr. Thabo Ndlovu
Bitou Local Municipality
NOTICE NUMBER: 125/2017Last published 04 February 2019