While normal rain patterns have returned to the Garden Route, South African summers are long and hot, and it is everybody’s responsibility to conserve water as much as possible.
The main sources of water in the Knysna Municipal area are rivers, and are therefore always vulnerable. The town and surrounding areas have several storing facilities, such as the Akkerkloof Dam and reservoirs, as well as two desalination plants to assist in drier times, but we request all who live, work and play in Knysna to remember that water is a valuable resource.
LEVEL 2 WATER RESTRICTIONS APPLY:
PUNITIVE WATER TARIFFS TO BE BILLED:
An additional 50% of the approved water consumption tariff will be applied. This means that all water usage above 20kl/month will be charged at 1.5 times the normal tariff, i.e. 50%increase.
HUMAN CONSUMPTION ONLY
Knysna Municipal potable water is restricted to only human consumption and business (no watering of gardens, washing of vehicles or boats, etc.).
Businesses in Greater Knysna will need to implement water recycling systems.
Artificial water features and fountains permitted to use only recycled water.
WATER EFFICIENT INSTALLATIONS
All residents are required to retrofit their taps, showerheads and other plumbing equipment with water efficient devices.
Check for water leaks regularly:
- Turn off all the taps in your house and check the water meter (usually situated at the end of your property, about a metre from the road). If the little wheel on the meter is still turning when all the taps are closed, there may be a water leak somewhere in the system.
- Turn off the stop tap at your house, usually situated on the outside wall near the kitchen or bathroom. If the wheel stopped turning, the leak is in the house somewhere. If the wheel continues to turn, the leak is probably between the house and the water metre – if this is the case, close the stop tap at the water meter to ensure that no further water is leaked.
- Water leaks on the house-side of the meter are the responsibility of the homeowner. Leaks in the street-side of the meter are for the care of the municipality. Please report any municipal water leaks to 044 302 6331.
You can conserve water by:
- Taking shorter showers, five minutes or less is best.
- Placing a bucket in the shower to catch excess water and use this to water plants.
- Turning off the tap when soaping hands or brushing teeth.
- Never pouring water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant.
- Replacing or adjusting the toilet handle if it frequently gets stuck in the flush position, allowing water to run constantly.
- Not flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
- Using a broom, not a hose, to clean your yard and driveway.
- Planting indigenous shrubs from this region in your garden as they tend to use less water.