Water restrictions in the Greater Hermanus area revert back to Level 2 water restrictions as from 1 February 2020.

The announcement was made by Overstrand’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dudley Coetzee, at a Council Meeting on Thursday, 22 January 2020.

“Over the past number of days Hermanus has been blessed with in excess of 85mm of rain which has raised the level of the De Bos dam to above 50%.

Water is still flowing strongly across the weir into the dam and we predict that the dam level will continue to rise for the next two or three days,” the Mayor said.

The first increment of the approved water restriction tariffs is still applicable with level 2 water restrictions, which entails a 30% tariff increase on usage above 6 kl per month for household consumption, as well as all other consumption. Relaxation of the water restriction tariffs will be considered when the De Bos dam level reaches 70%.

Other administrative areas within Overstrand are not affected by these measures since they still have sufficient water resources. These measures apply to the administrative area of Hermanus only, in other words to all residential areas from Benguela Cove through Fisherhaven to Voëlklip.

Here are the amended level 2 water restrictions for Hermanus:

The use of irrigation systems and hose pipes are allowed when watering gardens, but remember, only for one hour per day, once a week.

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.

Please water gardens before 09:00 or after 17:00 on any of these days.

Washing of vehicles and hard surfaces with a hose pipe using municipal water is still not allowed. Vehicles may only be washed using a bucket
Swimming pools may be filled with municipal water