Water consumption: We see it, we hear it, we feel it, but it still does not sink in!
According to Mr. Pierre Joubert, Head Manager from the Gamtoos-irrigation board, the public from the Nelson Mandela Metro does not cut back enough on their daily water consumption. Almost the same amount of water are being withdrawn since water restrictions was put in place. “It seems as if people do not grasp the seriousness of the situation”
The Kouga Dams’ level is lying on 43%, but still the city may only make use of 30% thereof. This situation hits farmers in the Gamtoos the worst. They’re quotas have already been limited to only 30% since July 2009. The quotas might tighten soon, even though they struggle to survive with the current supply.
Drastic measures will have to be implemented soon, should the damlevels drop to being only 35%. An emergency meeting is scheduled between the Department of Water Affairs and the Nelson Mandela Metro at the end of January, to discuss the management of this critical situation.
Source: Die Burger, 14 January 2010