KNYSNA NEWS - The municipality has developed a strategy to manage the town's water supply-and-demand situation to ensure sustainability in the long term. The first aspect of the water strategy was to improve the raw water supply.
The municipality has completed the upgrade of the Charlesford Scheme, which has almost doubled the pumping capacity out of the Knysna River. The results have been remarkable with the main storage dam currently at 90% capacity.
The Charlesford Scheme will further improve the water security to cater for changes in weather and rainfall patterns.
However, water remains a scarce resource worldwide, the Knysna Municipality explained in a resent press release.
''We must change our lifestyles and play our part in protecting this natural resource," it pleaded.
Level 1 water restrictions remain in place which allows for water usage as follows:
- For the watering of gardens using hosepipes or irrigation systems, or for other purposes, the allocation is one hour, three days a week, from 18:00 to 19:00 during December to May (summer) and 17:00 to 18:00 during June to November (winter) as follows:
- Residents with even street numbers have Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and those with odd street numbers get Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
- Residents still obtain permission from the director of technical services before filling swimming pools and undertaking maintenance.
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