With the holiday season only a few weeks away, Greg Vogt, Knysna Tourism CEO says that the water situation in Knysna is not as dire as was reported recently in the media.
"Recently the media reported that Knysna had only three months' supply of water. This was not an accurate interpretation of the town's water supply. Our dams are at capacity and right now, with the recent rains, and the Karatara weirs is capacity."
With reference to the latest warning received from Gerhard Otto, manager Eden Disaster Management of predicted 18 months lower rainfall in the Eden District, Vogt warned against calling this "lower rainfall" a drought, highlighting that our summer rainfall is naturally lower than our winter rainfall. "
"It seems as if Gerhard's warning of predicted lower rainfall over the next 18 months may have been misconstrued by the media. In my opinion the warning was intended to make the public more aware of their water usage and also act as a reminder that our residents have been asked to exercise responsible water consumption. Especially during our summer season that sees an influx of visitors to the area."
In closing Vogt asked the public to educate themselves as to the water restrictions imposed by the Knysna Municipality and adhere to these.
Following the recent rains that fell in the Greater Knysna District, the Karatara Weir has been reported to be overflowing. Photo: Fran Kirsten
Knysna Tourism is the official regional tourism organisation, responsible for destination marketing, visitor and industry services for Knysna, Sedgefield and surrounds. For information, contact the Visitor Information Centre on 044 382 5510.