Greater Hermanus water reservoirs are currently running low due to problems experienced on the treatment process at the Preekstoel Water Treatment Works and a burst on the temporary pipe from De Bosdam.
The issues have been resolved, but the plant is struggling to address the backlog with the current water demand.
Residents are urged to use water sparingly and to reduce high water consumption to prevent areas in the Greater Hermanus area to experience water interruptions.
Residents are urged to only flush toilets when necessary and keep using grey water to water gardens. The water services by-law clause 42(1)(f) will remain in place, which requires that no irrigation with municipal water takes place between 9:00 and 17:00 daily.
Furthermore, residents should make water conservation part of their everyday lives by making use of the following water-saving tips:
- Install a low-flow shower head and tap aerators where possible.
- Use a dual-flush toilet cistern.
- Do not fill swimming pools.
- Cover the swimming pool to reduce water evaporation.
- Take a shower rather than a bath.
- Close a running tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Regularly check toilets and taps for leaks.
- Use a broom instead of a hosepipe when cleaning driveways or patios.
- Collect rainwater to reuse in the garden or wash the car.
- Plant indigenous or drought-resistant shrubs in the garden.
- Do not water or irrigate gardens with hosepipes or sprinkler systems between 09:00 and 17:00.
- Do not wash vehicles with hosepipes, use buckets.