MEDIA STATEMENT: WATER RESTRICTIONS LEVEL 2 FOR SWELLENDAM TOWN, RAILTON AND SWELLENDAM INDUSTRIAL AREA
The Municipality is currently experiencing a lower than normal water catchment as a result of later than normal Summer rainfall versus the rate of consumption, at the Grootkloof 3 raw water dam. The Grootkloof 3 dam is the main water supply to the following areas; Swellendam main town, Railton and Swellendam Industrial area.
The Swellendam Municipality is obligated to react proactively at 70% water levels in storage dams, as per Council resolution item number A204 – 03.12.2015, to ensure that balance is maintained between the raw water collection and the rate of consumption. On 06 January 2020, the Executive Mayor and I decided to institute official communication that the Swellendam Municipality will be implementing Level 1 Water Restrictionswith immediate effect in the areas of Swellendam town, Railton and the Swellendam Industrial area.
Given the slow response and the rate of consumption, we have also subsequently decided to implement water restrictions Level 2 as of 15 January 2020. Our efforts are entirely dependent on residents’ willingness to cooperate, as we are all facing this challenge collectively.
Unfortunately, water and its management concerns all of us as a community. I would like to reassure all residents that we are managing our water resources as best we can, which is precisely why have decided to proceed with caution by implementing further water restrictions. While we may have the authority to increase water tariffs as part of the water restrictions resolution, we will not do so at present, but we are requesting and pleading that all residents heed this call to temporarily reduce their normal consumption patterns until the rainfall pattern resumes and to ensure that we have sufficient resources to see us through the Summer season. Should we however fail to achieve the desired reduction in consumption, the Municipality would have to consider water tariff increases in addition to further water restrictions.
We will endeavor to keep residents updated and look forward to their cooperation.