Overstrand Municipality appeals to visitors and residents to use water responsibly over the festive holiday season as Level 2 water restrictions in the Hermanus area are still in force.
If you use municipal water to water your garden, you may only do so for ONE HOUR per week, before 09:00 or after 17:00, on ONE DAY per week only. The day per week is determined in accordance with street numbers. For residents with even numbers, it is Wednesdays ONLY, and for those with uneven numbers, Tuesdays ONLY.
The use of irrigation systems are still allowed but, remember, only for one hour per week.
Note, too, that vehicles and boats may only be washed with a bucket and cloth and that the hosing down of hard surfaces or paved areas is prohibited.
As from 1 June 2018, the first level of water-restriction tariffs applies to the administrative area of Hermanus only. The tariff for domestic water use up to 6 kℓ per month has not increased, but the tariffs for domestic use above 6 kℓ per month increased by 30%. The water tariff for all non-domestic use has also increased by 30%.
The De Bos Dam level was at 67% by end October 2018, compared to 66% by end October 2017.
Hermanus had 10 mm of rain during October 2018, compared to the long term average of 49 mm for October.
The average daily water demand of Hermanus during October 2018 was 11.4 million litres per day, compared to 11.5 million litres per day during October 2017. This amounts to a saving of 0.5%, or 3.1 million litres of water in total in October compared to the previous year.
Consumers in general continued to demonstrate good co-operation and a sense of ownership and responsibility, which largely contributed to the positive results.
At the end of October 2018 the Buffels River Dam, which supplies water to Rooi-Els, Pringle Bay, and Betty’s Bay, is at 100% of capacity, the Kraaibosch Dam at Gansbaai is at 99%, and the Pearly Beach Dam is at 100%. The boreholes supplying Hermanus, Stanford, Baardskeerdersbos and Buffeljagsbaai have not been adversely affected by the drought to date, and is being monitored closely.