Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden. Photo: Lizzy Bapela

Waterberg water shortage alert


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Residensts across the broader Waterberg might as well be asked to watch their water consumption after Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden raised the red flag.

She said in a statement water levels were at such a critical stage that given the average consumption, Modimolle had a little less than a month’s water supplies left.

The main feeder Donkerpoort Dam, was at a low 23% capacity.

Van Staden said the less than average rainfall, coupled with high temperatures, resulted in increased demand for water, and called on residents to use available water supplies responsibly.

In Mookgophong, she warned, the Welgevonden Dam was also at critical low levels of 40%, leaving the area with just over two months of water supplies.

“Our current usage of 2, 5 mega litres a day is putting this resource under extreme pressure,” she said.

The mayor urged residents to ensure that taps were turned off when not in use, report leaks for repairs as soon as possible, do not water gardens and wash cars using potable water.

“It is likely that unless we have good sustained rains soon, we will need to implement water restrictions and I can assure you that this will be done in a responsible and measured manner,” said the mayor.

2 months ago       01 February 2018