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Siza eases water restrictions

People along the coast from Zimbali to Tinley Manor and inland up to Etete will from this week enjoy relaxed water restrictions.

Sembcorp Siza Water (SSW) has eased water restrictions in its concession area from 50 per cent to 20 per cent for domestic consumers and 10 per cent for commercial consumers.

People along the coast from Zimbali to Tinley Manor and inland up to Etete will from this week enjoy relaxed water restrictions, not because of the recent rains raising the Hazelmere Dam level to its highest level since November 2014, but because of an additional three million litres of recycled water added daily into the SSW drinking water system by the recycling plant at Frasers water works.

The gazetted 50 per cent restriction on Hazelmere Dam and all other water restrictions in the province still apply.

Eight of the water uses that were previously banned, are now allowed. These are:

• Swimming pools may now be topped up once a week with a hose pipe.

• Gardens may be watered twice a week using hosepipes or sprinklers.

• Cars may now be washed with hosepipes on weekends only.

See page 19 for more details.

Misra said the recent rains and relaxing of water restrictions within the SSW concession area by no means signalled the end of the drought and said they were preparing for at least one more year of drought.

COGTA KZN MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube hailed the recycling plant as a step forward to ensuring water security and quality in the region.

“We need to think long term solutions like rainwater harvesting, recycling and desalination. The plant demonstrates how waste water can be cleaned and put back onto the system,” she said.

Dube-Ncube said she wanted to cry when she saw how much water flowed into the sea after last week’s rains and hoped the department of human settlement will soon ban construction companies from using drinking water for construction, forcing South Africans to take water recycling seriously.

 

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