Significant water supply interruptions in parts of the Metro unavoidable
The Metro wishes to inform residents that, owing to the high consumption rate, currently at 270ml/d, 40ml/d over the 230ml/d target, and the National Department extraction restrictions, western parts of the city are likely to experience intermittent water supply.
NMBM Senior Director of Water and Sanitation, Barry Martin, says: “Currently the Metro can only extract 30 megalitres from the Churchill Dam. This will lead to a shortage of water in the western areas as the city will not be able to keep pace with the demand.
“The Metro is not extracting any water from Impofu Dam due to the relocation of the barge to a point within the dam that stores the most supply. Work is under way in this regard and is expected to be completed by 29 July.
“Once restored, the supply from the stored area will provide water for a further 120 days,” concludes Martin.
The warning issued by the Metro means residents in the areas listed may experience water outages or low water pressure for a significant period until demand drops and extraction resumes at Impofu Dam.
Areas affected by non-extraction from Impofu Dam include:
- South End
- Mount Croix
- North End
- Kini Bay
- Blue Horizon Bay
- Newton Park
- Neave Industrial
- North End
- New Brighton
- Mill Park
- Parsons Hill
- Sardinia Bay
- Walmer Heights
- Walmer Downs
- Walmer Township Gqeberha
- Mount Pleasant
- Clarendon Marine
- Forest Hill
Residents in all areas of the Metro are urged to reduce consumption to less than 50 litres per day per person, and to avoid stockpiling.
Alternative supply in affected areas will be provided through water tankers where possible. For details on location of these water tankers, residents are urged to visit the Metro’s social media platforms.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality – https://www.facebook.com/NMBayM
Bay Water Saver – https://www.facebook.com/BayWaterSavers
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality – https://twitter.com/NMandelaBaymuni
Website – www.nelsonmandelabay.gov
Issued by NMBM Water Crisis JOC Spokesperson, Luvuyo Bangazi