At a Special Council Meeting on 13 January 2011, the Town Council gave approval for the watering of gardens with municipal water for an additional hour from 07:00 to 08:00 two days a week as well. This is in addition to the watering between the hours of 18:00 and 19:00 as advised in Water Bulletin No 1/2011. The days for watering remain Mondays and Thursdays for properties with even street numbers and Tuesdays and Fridays for properties with uneven street numbers.
All other restrictions as advised last week remain in place until further notice.
Council resolved at the same meeting that the free allocation of 6 kiloliters of water per household per month will be restored with effect from the March 2011 meter reading date (accounts to be delivered in April 2011). The free allocation was suspended in July 2010 because of the rapidly deteriorating water situation in Mossel Bay at the time.
The moratorium which applied on property developments of more than ten units has also been lifted.
The level of the Wolwedans Dam stood at 67,86% on Sunday, 16 January 2011. Together with the water in the much smaller Klipheuwel, Hartebeeskuil and Ernst Robertson Dams, Mossel Bay now has enough water without further rains to last until approximately mid-2012. This does not take the yields of the boreholes, waste water reclamation project and the seawater desalination project into account.
The public must please note that the section of the beach in Voorbaai where the marine pipelines to and from the seawater desalination plant are being installed at present will be closed until mid-March 2011. The beach will be opened as soon as the pipeline construction site has been cleared and restored to a safe state for public thoroughfare again. The desalination plant is scheduled to be commissioned by mid-February 2011.
DR M GRATZ