BCM calls for water conservation

BCM is calling on residents to limit their water usage, as stage 3 restrictions continue in response to the ongoing drought.

Under stage 3 restrictions, which began in January, any usage in excess of 20kl over a 30-day period will result in punitive tariffs of at least R131.

Under stage 3 restrictions, the municipality says it is aiming at reducing water consumption by at least 35%. Residents must get written permission to fill, empty or top up private swimming pools, gardens and lawns can only be watered with non-potable water before 9am or after 6pm, and vehicles can only be washed with buckets.

“The country is commemorating Water Week under the theme ‘Valuing Water’ in line with World Water Day on March 22,” the municipality said.

The municipality is calling on residents to strongly adhere to general water saving tips, report water leaks and follow water restriction guidelines.

“During this period, focus is on public attention on the importance of water, one of South Africa’s most limited resources.”

In a statement published on Monday, BCM said that the continued low levels of dams in the area were a cause for concern.

“The municipality is calling on residents to strongly adhere to general water saving tips, report water leaks and follow water restriction guidelines.”

Starting on Tuesday March 23, BCM has embarked on a Water Week Awareness campaign which will run until Wednesday March 31.

Municipality representatives will visit various taxi ranks, malls schools and other areas in the community to educate about water conservation tips and raising awareness about the need to save water.

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