The punitive water tariffs and water usage restrictions will be eased in the Nelson Mandela Bay.
The water tariffs will be lifted with effect from 1 August 2011 and the decreased water usage restrictions will take effect from 25 July 2011.
The tariffs under the restrictions were:
R8.27 for the first 500l/day
R16.73 for the next 300l/day and
R33.45 for the next 800l/day
R1.11 for every litre over 1600l/day
The water tariffs from August 2011 will be:
R6.60 for the first 800l/day
R8.27 for the next 800l/day
R9.82 for the next 1000l/day
R16.73 per kl thereafter.
There are a few reasons why the water restrictions are not totally lifted.
Within the last two months the average volume of the water in the dams making up the Algoa Water Supply System has increased by 100%. What has however been of concern is the fact that the dams dedicated to the NMBM water use has not had the amount of run off as seen in the Kouga River. The Churchill Dam located on the Kromme River only started overflowing on Friday evening 15 July 2011. This is a month after the Kouga Dams was full. Also to note is the fact that the overflow of the Churchill Dam flows into the Impofu Dam, which means that the runoff in the Kromme River was actually low, meaning that the majority of the inflow came from the tributaries and not the main river.
The latter is therefore the main reason that the restriction on the NMBM has not been entirely lifted and therefore the statement that the status of the water availability to the NMBM will be judged on the availability of water in the Kromme River. The storage of these two dams needs to be at least at 85% for all the restrictions to be entirely lifted.
At the current water consumption levels the NMBM has sufficient water for approximately two years.
The Department of Water Affairs placed a 10% restriction on the water usage of the Metro. This is due to the fact that the metro is in a drought prone area and the future weather outlook shows that we are going to have a dry season and our water supply may decrease considerably.