There is a huge appeal to both residents and visitors of the Greater Knysna area to remain mindful about their water usage this season. For some time now we have been experiencing hot weather coupled with very low rainfall throughout the region and beyond and thus water restrictions are currently in place and will continue while there is pressure on the water grid. The influx of visitors during the festive season puts even further pressure on our strained water reserves.
“The main sources of water in the Knysna Municipal area are rivers and are therefore always vulnerable”, says a spokesperson for the municipality. “The town and surrounding areas have several storing facilities, such as the Akkerkloof Dam (which is currently standing at 64%) and reservoirs, as well as two desalination plants to assist in drier times , but we request all who live, work and play in Knysna to remember that water is a valuable resource.”
The water usage target for Knysna is 8 million litres per day, but the for the week of 28 November to 5 December 2016, the actual usage was measured at a staggering 14.18 million litres per day. Sedgefield, with its target of 2 million litres per day, had an actual usage of 2.89 million litres. The fact of the matter is that we are using too much water, which could mean that our dams may be depleted to dangerous levels by the end of summer.
People must reduce their water usage across every facet of their daily lives. The Knysna Municipality has listed several ways in which we can help conserve our most precious resource.
1. Taking shorter showers, five minutes or less is best.
2. Placing a bucket in the shower to catch excess water and use this to water plants.
3. Turning off the tap when soaping hands or brushing teeth.
4. Never pouring water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant.
5. Replacing or adjusting the toilet handle if it frequently gets stuck in the flush position, allowing water to run constantly.
6. Not flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
7. Using a broom, not a hose, to clean your yard and driveway.
8. Planting indigenous shrubs from this region in your garden as they tend to use less water.
From December to May, residents with even street numbers may water their gardens from 6pm-7pm on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Residents with odd street numbers may water their gardens from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
(During June to November, the watering times are from 5pm to 6pm.)
Check for water leaks regularly: