Level 3 Water Restrictions have been implemented by the Knysna Municipality with immediate effect. This new level of restrictions has resulted by Greater Knysna residents not adhering to the call to reduce their water usage. In the past week alone Sedgefield’s target water usage of 1.9ML/day was exceeded with the area utilising 2.2Ml/day. Knysna’s target of 8Ml/day was ignored and residents used a whopping 12.4Ml/day.
Added to this extensive overuse, the low flow of Greater Knysna rivers that feed the Glebe and Akkerkloof Dam (which is currently 39 per cent full) and the Sedgefield reservoirs has necessitated this Level 3 water restriction.
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.
For further tips on how to save water please visit the Municipal Website on www.knysna.gov.za