31 AUGUST 2017
For immediate release
Bitou to expedite efforts to address the effects of the drought disaster through funding received from National and Provincial Government
The Western Cape Province has been declared a national drought area, during the month of May 2017 and subsequently the Bitou Municipal Council declared that Bitou is a local disaster due to the severe drought conditions.
Following the declaration by the municipality, requests were submitted to both National and Provincial Government for the funding of identified drought disaster relief projects.
Bitou Municipality received funding from the National Disaster Management Centre to the tune of R10,92 million and a further R1.8 million from Western Cape Provincial Government.
Bitou relies on water from various water sources namely; the Desalination Plant, surface and groundwater sources. The Keurbooms, Bitou, Wit and Groot rivers are the main contributors. Water from the rivers are being channelled to the Plettenberg Bay and Kurland water purification works. Water not accommodated in the current purification cycle is channelled to an offshore storage at the Roodefontein dam.
In order to supplement the water demand, groundwater augmentation has been explored and found to be a solution that can provide immediate relief to the drought situation faced by Bitou. Nine (9) boreholes has already drilled and financed through own funding with a tenth borehole yet to be drilled.
The two funding streams received will be utilised to equip all ten (10) exploration boreholes with electricity supply, permanent pumps and pipelines in order to extract water and channel to the relevant purification plant. Boreholes are situated as follows Forest View 2, KwaNokuthula 2, George Fault East 4 and Kurland 2.
Once fully equipped these production boreholes and will supplement the aggregate water supply for the Greater Bitou Municipal area, taking the water supply capacity of the municipality from 22Ml/day to 27Ml/day.
The healthy rainfall received during July and August 2017 of 58.7mm and 107.8mm respectively, saw the current level of the Roodefontein dam rise to 62.8%. At current level this will only supply Bitou residents with potable water for 90 days.
We thus, urge all resident and visitors alike to use water sparingly and adhere to the current Stage 1 Water Restrictions imposed by the Bitou Municipal Council.
Water is life.
Issued By: Mr Howard Swartz on behalf of
Mr TC Ndlovu
Municipal Manager of Bitou Local MunicipalityLast published 04 February 2019