Overstrand Municipality is calling on Hermanus residents to use water wisely and sparingly, as the diminishing levels of the De Bos dam is a cause of concern.

The De Bos Dam level was at 38.1% by end April 2020, compared to 41.5% by end April 2019 and 38.8% by end April 2018.

Hermanus had 14.5 mm of rain during April 2020, which made a total of 133.4 mm for 2020 to date, compared to the long-term average of 144.1 mm for the period January to April.

The average daily water consumption in Hermanus during April 2020 was 10.52 million litres per day, compared to 10.89 million litres per day during April 2019, i.e. the consumption in April 2020 was 3.4 % lower than the comparable month in 2019.

The De Bos Dam is Hermanus’ main water source apart from the boreholes.

The 10 boreholes that are also supplying water to Hermanus are being used optimally, and contributed significantly to the preservation of the De Bos Dam level.  35.5 % Of the water demand In April 2020 was supplied from the boreholes.

Two new production boreholes have been drilled and are set to be commissioned during August 2020 after having been equipped and connected to the municipal bulk water network and electricity supply network. This construction project is permitted to continue under the Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown regulations, and the contractor will be on site from the middle of May 2020.

Residents in the Hermanus area are reminded that Level 2 water restrictions are still applicable. Until the De Bos Dam has reached a level of at least 70%, the first level of water-restriction tariffs will be applied to the administrative area of Hermanus only.

Kindly note that water restrictions are in place of necessity to discourage excessive water use and to preserve the water level of the dam. This leads to lower water consumption, and does not generate additional income for the Municipality.

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

The Buffels River Dam, which supplies water to Rooi-Els, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay is still above 90 % of full capacity, and the Kraaibosch Dam at Gansbaai and the Pearly Beach Dam are above 80% of capacity. The boreholes supplying Stanford, Baardskeerdersbos and Buffeljagsbaai have not been adversely affected by the drought at this stage.

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.