Following a Government Gazette No.38860 that was promulgated by KZN Provincial Government through the Department of Water and Sanitation concerning the latest drought situation in the province, a disappointing rainfall season and dams that are on average emptier than last year, the Newcastle Municipality aspires to update and notify the public concerning the current drought situation within our area.
The purpose of this press release is to ensure that the public is fully aware of the extent and gravity of the current prevailing drought conditions, and the possible ramifications for the Newcastle Municipality as a whole, since the drought conditions seems to persist indefinitely. Water restrictions are already in force in most parts of the country as the worst drought in decades tightens its grip
30% water restrictions were gazetted by the KZN provincial government on the 24th March 2016 and everyone must comply with this restriction until further notice. This implies that all sectors of the community; business and industries should therefore reduce their consumption also by 30% to secure continuous water supply from the current reserves throughout the drought period.
The Municipality humbly appeals and brings to the attention of the consumers that we all need to implement these restrictions. Ntshingwayo dam is currently (2016/05/09) sitting at 54% as compared to 79.5% during this time a year ago. At this stage water cut backs are unavoidable by all domestic; businesses and industries. Excessive use of water and car washing methods that use excessive water are condemned and discouraged.
RECOMMENDED WATER SAVING MEASURES
– All sectors should reduce water consumptions by 30% and limit the use to the absolutely essential in order to reduce excessive and unnecessary demands on a diminishing and scarce resource.
– The implementation of controlled water conservation and demand management measures by the authorities is already in place.
– NO washing of hard surfaces and lawn watering with portable water.
– Water losses should be reduced by fixing leaking taps, toilet cisterns and pipes and/or reporting leaking Municipal pipes to 0860 144 144.
– More austerity measures may be implemented by the Municipality should there be no reduction in water use and demand.
For enquiries, please contact Dr. PD Thabethe on Office Tel: 034 328 3300 or Cell: 082 788 8344