POLOKWANE – During the recent Integrated Development Plan (IDP) Budget meeting the Polokwane Muncipality has again called on residents to save water.
The IDP and Budget for the new financial year highlighted that as much as 30 to 100 litres of water per minute could be used to water gardens and lawns with a hose. The municipality added the use of municipal water for the purpose of irrigating your garden, washing of paving and open residential areas, as well as business and industry is still prohibited. A fine of R1 000 may be issued to anyone in violation of this regulation.
This appeal was despite fairly good rainfall following the devastating drought of the last season. During the meeting Polokwane Mayor, Thembi Nkadimeng, said water is a scarce commodity and should be used wisely.
Shouts of protests could be heard when it was said this is also applicable to boreholes, as all water in South Africa belongs to the state, and all boreholes should be registered.
The average water level of the main suppliers of Polokwane’s water, the Flag Boshielo and Ebenezer dams, stood at 65,3% this week against last year’s 52,2%.
Dap NaudÃ© Dam stood at 100,9% at the beginning of the week, with it being at 97,5% for the same period last year.
The provincial average for dam levels was 78,6 % against last year’s 61,4%.