The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality mayor has urged residents to reduce water consumption as dam levels in the Metro remain low.

Executive Mayor, Nqaba Bhanga, said on Tuesday that interventions and contingency plans will be put in place as the drought enters its next phase.

“Currently our dam levels are sitting at 13.32% which is very worrying. We will be launching a comprehensive communications strategy next week where we will expand on the Metro’s alternative interventions and contingency plans as the devastating drought situation enters the next phase.”

673 WATER LEAKS REPAIRED IN SEVEN DAYS

Bhanga said that water restrictors has been suspended as the Metro rolls out its comprehensive communication plan.

“We may make use of them in the near future for water users who continue to use water excessively.

“The Metro has increased efforts to repair water leaks. As an example, I can confirm that we have repaired 673 water leaks in the last 7 days. And repaired 518 sewerage complaints in the last seven days.”

WATER CONSUMPTION AT 300 MILLION LITRES PER DAY

“The Metro is over extracting our allocated water allowance and using about 300 million litres per day – we need to reduce our consumption to below 250 million litres per day to extend the amount of time that there is water available from our dams, while we wait for rains and our augmentation projects to come on line.”

He added that everyone should actively be saving water and reducing consumption.

“Every single one of us should be taking active measures to save water in our daily lives.”

KWANOBUHLE PREPARING FOR TAPS TO RUN DRY

Meanwhile, The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality water services department is preparing for the inevitable day that taps will run dry in Kwanobuhle. With dam levels below 5% and no significant rainfall expected in the next three months, the department held an urgent meeting to discuss the water crisis on Thursday, 15 April.

By July, no water is expected to come from the Kouga Dam.

Councillor Masixole Zinto, Mayoral Committee Member for Infrastructure and Engineering, said the situation was dire. “We can only get water for Kwanobuhle from Kouga dam when it’s above 3%, once we pass that, we will run out of water. The situation is dire.”

READ: Water crisis: Taps in Kwanobuhle on the verge of running dry

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Presh JM Reporter

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