All water restrictions that were still in force in the Mossel Bay municipal area have been lifted with immediate effect, the Mossel Bay Municipality announced. The Municipality had to obtain permission from the Department of Water Affairs first before the restrictions could be lifted.
The reason for the lifting of the water restrictions is that the level of the Wolwedans Dam, the Municipality’s main source of water, has improved to more than 75 per cent. This leaves the Municipality with sufficient water for more than a year without taking further rain into account.
It also does not take the additional sources of water developed or being developed by the Municipality in recent months into account. The completed projects are the waste water reclamation project at Hartenbos, the Hartebeeskuil Dam project and the borehole project. The seawater desalination project at Voorbaai, Mossel Bay, is nearing completion.
The water situation improved dramatically because of good rain that fell since mid-October 2010 onwards. The level of the Wolwedans Dam improved to its present level from a low of 14,5 per cent in the first half of October 2010.
The water restrictions were first introduced in July 2009 as a result of the severe drought that held Mossel Bay and neighbouring districts in its grip since the end of 2008. Mossel Bay and the neighbouring districts were declared a disaster area in November 2009.
“Mossel Bay was set stringent water saving targets by the authorities and we were able to meet these because of the excellent support that was received from municipal water consumers in Mossel Bay. It was very pleasing to see how the community of Mossel Bay stood together at a time of crisis, and I would like to thank all for their support and the way they assisted the Municipality to adhering to the water restrictions,” said the Municipal Manager, Dr Michele Gratz.
The restrictions that were in force until now included limits on the time allowed and methods for the watering gardens, the washing of vehicles and the irrigation of sports fields. The hosing down of roofs, walls and other surfaces as well as the filling of swimming pools was also prohibited.