Be water wise


Level 3 Water Restrictions have been implemented by the Knysna Municipality and are still in effect.

Residents and business water usage will now be closely monitored and those using in excess of the recommended 20Kl/month will need to install water management devices to reduce this non-compliant water use.

It must be noted that if Greater Knysna does not reduce its water consumption Level 4 could be implemented, resulting in the closing of water valves to be opened through a roaming area 3 hour based timetable. In essence Greater Knysna will be facing water outages.

We appeal to all residents and businesses to reduce their consumption with immediate effect and thank those residents that already practice water saving techniques.

Level 3 Restrictions include:

  • Municipal potable water for human consumption only
  • Absolutely NO watering of gardens (not even with a bucket)
  • No washing of vehicles and/or boat
  • All residents and businesses to restrict their usage to 20 Kl/month
  • Residents utilising more than the 20 Kl/month will be identified and must install water restrictive devices immediately
  • Punitive tariff (75 per cent additional) will be added for usage above the 20 Kl/month
  • Water recycling systems to be implemented
  • Artificial water features must use recycled water only
  • All residents are requested to install water efficient devices


All residents are required to retrofit their taps, showerheads and other plumbing equipment with water efficient devices.

Check for water leaks regularly:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Report water abuse to 060 998 7000.

You can conserve water by:

  1. Taking shorter showers, five minutes or less is best.
  2. Placing a bucket in the shower to catch excess water and use this to water plants.
  3. Turning off the tap when soaping hands or brushing teeth.
  4. Never pouring water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant.
  5. Replacing or adjusting the toilet handle if it frequently gets stuck in the flush position, allowing water to run constantly.
  6. Not flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  7. Using a broom, not a hose, to clean your yard and driveway.
  8. Planting indigenous shrubs from this region in your garden as they tend to use less water.