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Kimberley Watershedding, 17/11/2015

UPDATE 18/11/2015
SOL PLAATJE HAS SUSPENDED  WATER SUPPLY TO KIMBERLEY UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING 4Am
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KIMBERLEY WATERSHEDDING TONIGHT 22:00 TO 05:00 17/11/2015

To help stabilize the levels at Newton Reservoir watershedding will be introduced in Kimberley from tonight (Tuesday, 17/11/2015) 22:00 to tomorrow morning 05:00. Watershedding will continue nightly until the Municipality is comfortable that normal water supply can be sustained.

Watershedding will only affect areas fed by Newton Reservoir (This includes the largest part of Kimberley but excludes some areas in and near Galeshewe fed directly from the Riverton Supply Line)

Consumers are also urged to abide by the following, until further notice:

  • No watering of parks, gardens and lawns between sunset and sunrise (or between 18:30 and 06:00),
  • No Washing of cars using a “hosepipe”, except for formalised commercial car washes. Use a bucket or similar.
  • No filling of swimming pool until the situation normalises.
  • Use a shower (where available) more than a bath tub, and share where it’s hygienically safe to do so.
  • Fix your household leaks and report all the other leaks no matter how small they may seem. “every drop counts”

Sol Plaatje Municipality has also warned consumers that if they do not adhere to calls to use water sparingly, extended water restrictions may be introduced.

UNEDITED ORIGINAL NOTIFICATIONS BELOW

SECOND NOTIFICATION FROM SOL PLAATJE COMMUNICATIONS

“Levels have dropped to critical condition, and is currently at about 8feet. We are advising consumers to use water sparingly and refrain from irresponsible use and non-essential water use activities until the situation has normalised. Both pipes are in full operation, and 3 pumps are running. Levels are low due massive water usage which is inconsiderate of the impact of the water supply interruption due to refurbishment work that took place over te weekend. As soon as water was re-opened consumers started watering gardens which is irresponsible considering the current water situation. There are no other problems experienced, Riverton works is fully functional and all pumpd and pipelines are in full operation. Consumers need to adjust their water usage to essential use only until the situation normalises. Levels are at about 8 feet and the city is already experiencing peak consumption. All pumps are running, and as soon as reservoir levels reach optimum capacity all areas will have adequate water pressure. If the current water use trend persist, we will have to effect water restriction beyond boosting the reservoir levels that we are going to effect from tonight (17th November 2015).

Only a few areas have been reported to experience low water pressure and some instances no water at all, and this is due to the current low reservoir levels. Levels are expected to normalise since all pumps and pipelines are in full operation. However, we need cooperation from our consumers and to use water sparingly to avoid extended water restrictions. As indicated above, we will close water from 22:00 tonight until 5:00 tomorrow morning to boost reservoir levels. This shall continue until we are comfortable with levels and normal water supply can be sustained. Other cities have embarked on water restrictions as a proactive measure, but we managed to sustain normal supply until this moment and we are convinced that with cooperation from our consumers the situation will normalise before the weekend.

Our consumers are urged to abide by the following, until further notice:

  • No watering of parks, gardens and lawns before sunset and sunrise (or between 18:30 and 06:00),
  • No Washing of cars using a “hosepipe”, except for formalised commercial car washes. Use a bucket or similar.
  • No filling of swimming pool until the situation normalises.
  • Use a shower (where available) more than a bath tub, and share where it’s hygienically safe to do so.
  • Fix your household leaks and report all the other leaks no matter how small they may seem. “every drop counts”

FIRST NOTIFICATION FROM SOL PLAATJE COMMUNICATIONS

“Levels have dropped to critical conditions due to massive water usage which is inconsiderate of the impact of the water supply interruption due to refurbishment work that took place over the weekend. The levels are currently at about 8feet. We r advising consumers to use water sparingly. Both pipes r in full operation, & 3 pipes r running, as soon as reservoir levels reach optimum capacity all areas will have adequate water pressure. We are going to boost the reservoir levels by switching off as from tonite at 22:00pm till 05:00am & this will continue until we are comfortable with levels & normal water supply can be sustained. Note that Galeshewe will not b affected, only the areas in town (high lying areas).”
Via Sol Plaatje Municipality

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