Water restrictions continue for George as Garden Route dam level kept at 75%

The Western Cape remains a drought stricken region with a number of towns declaring drought and implementing water restrictions in recent months.
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Water restrictions will remain in place after water was let out of the Garden Route Dam to allow for the construction on the spillway to begin in May.

Garden Route Dam level is being kept at a maximum of 75% in order to facilitate the construction project.

“The municipality will continue to monitor and manage the dam level closely during the project period”, Chantel Edwards-Klose, communications chief of George Municipality.

She said water restrictions remain in place in accordance with a Council decision on 29 August last year.

“A formal public notification with regard to any change in the restrictions will be issued if required due to a change in the water situation. The Western Cape remains a drought stricken region with a number of towns declaring drought and implementing water restrictions in recent months.”

She added that, presently, the water restrictions for George do not have any punitive financial implications for consumers.

Section 2B water restrictions that are in place:

  • Handheld watering of gardens using a hose and municipal water: even-numbered households Mondays and Thursdays, 15:00 to 17:00 and uneven-numbered households Tuesdays and Fridays, 15:00 to 17:00.
  • Mechanical irrigation of gardens (sprayers) using municipal water is prohibited.
  • Watering sports fields using municipal water is prohibited, except for golf course greens, bowling greens and cricket pitches, daily from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Filling up of swimming pools using municipal water is prohibited.
  • Washing cars with a hose using municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed), except for commercial car washes.
  • Cleaning of outside surfaces using a hosepipe with municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed).
  • ‘OWN WATER’ signage must be displayed where applicable and must be proven on request by municipal officials.

More: George Herald

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