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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK Water restrictions in Nelson Mandela Bay

Despite the recent rainfall, water restrictions are still in place and residents must continue to comply with Section 4 of the Water Services Act 108 (No 108 of 1997) and Clause 31 of the Water and Sanitation Services By-law.

From the property owner and tenant’s point of view, the following are notable:

All domestic customers, with excessive use, will have a flow meter restrictor installed to limit usage to 15 kl per month. Notices to all consumers above 15 kl will be served immediately and restrictors installed thereafter.

No use of municipal water supply allowed for watering gardens, washing cars, hosing down walls or paving, top up pools, fountains or ponds, etc.

No use of sprinklers or irrigation systems allowed, unless the water is from a source other than municipal.

All borehole users must register with the NMBM and must abide by all relevant legislative requirements (National Water Acts and NMBM By-law).

No applications to build swimming pools will be approved.

No use of automatic urinal flushing systems allowed.

All car washes must be closed if they have not achieved the requirement to recycle 60% of their water.

Any concessions previously granted fall away and reapplication must be made.

All multi-dwelling precincts such as blocks of flats, freehold complexes, retirement villages and sectional title schemes are required to install water meters to measure the water supplied to each individual unit, at the cost of the body controlling the relevant precinct.

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