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MMC Bobani welcomes recent rainfall, calls for saving of water

Published: September 01, 2020

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Infrastructure and Engineering portfolio head Councillor Mongameli Bobani has welcomed the recent rainfall which has contributed a slight improvement in the City’s total dam levels.

This comes after an increase of up to 18.75% was recorded as at 31 August 2020.

However, despite the gradual increase, MMC Bobani warned that the City was still in the danger zone as the drought disaster persists.
He said: "The NMBM is very grateful for the recent rains that has fallen, but alas it has not made any significant impact on the dam levels.We are still in the danger zone. The dam levels have improved from mid-August when we had a total of 16.93% water i our dams the one but the one important thing that can preserve our dam levels is behavioural change.”
NMBM Senior Director: Water and Sanitation Barry Martin said the 2% gradual increase in the major dams was insignificant as some part of the City were already experiencing Day Zero.
"KwaNobuhle and Uitenhage are currently challenged by constant water supply interruptions. The residents from these areas are supplied from the Kouga Dam which is currently sitting at 8.09%. We are unable to extract water from that dam on certain days because the water is very low, we are restricted. If the dam levels drop in any of the dams supplying the City, it means a certain part of the City experience Day Zero.”
MMC Bobani urged residents to reduce water consumption by using 50 litres per person per day in each household, reuse the shower and bath water to flush the toilet and recycling the washing machine water or water used to hand wash clothes to water the garden, wash cars or fill up the swimming pool.
Issued by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.

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