We do our best to manage and maintain water infrastructure to supply you with clean flowing water. One of our Strategic Goals is to keep George - Clean, Safe and Green as well as the delivery of quality services - for all citizens of George. Our vision is George - A City for a Sustainable Future. We live our values, focus on our citizens, work smart, act like owners and are the brand.
THE FOLLOWING 2 B WATER RESTRICTIONS APPLY IN GEORGE:
• Handheld watering of gardens using a hose and municipal water: even-numbered households Mondays and Thursdays, 7pm-9pm AND uneven-numbered households Tuesdays and Fridays, 7pm-9pm. • Mechanical irrigation of gardens (sprayers) using municipal water is prohibited.
• Watering sports fields using municipal water is prohibited, except for golf course greens, bowling greens and cricket pitches, daily 7pm-9pm.
• Filling up of swimming pools using municipal water is prohibited.
• Washing cars with a hose using municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed), except for commercial car washes.
• Cleaning of outside surfaces using a hosepipe with municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed).
• “OWN WATER” signage must be displayed where applicable and must be proven on request by municipal officials.
• Applications for exemption of some restrictions may be considered on merit.
Report water leaks and burst pipes to 044 801 9262 or after hours at 044 801 6300, as soon as you notice them.
Report contraventions of water restrictions on 0800 424 277. Fines may apply.
Why do we have water restrictions in George?
The George Municipality has a Drought Management Plan, which incorporates all kinds of measures to manage the town’s water security. These measures are linked to the level of the Garden Route Dam, which is the town’s major water supply. The first set of restrictions were implemented on 1 June 2017 when the dam dropped to below 60%.
How do I know if I am using too much water?
At the moment, the average household in George uses between 20 and 30 kilolitres per month, so, for most of us, we are going to have to cut about half our water usage if we don’t want to pay extra. Start with your municipal bill and water meter. The amount of water you use in a month is indicated at the bottom of your municipal account. If, for instance, your water usage was 30 kilolitres on your previous account, you need to use at least half that amount in the next month to avoid a much higher water bill.
How can I track my water use through the month?
Find the water meter on your property and write down the meter reading. Keep track of the meter reading, daily or weekly, so you can figure out if you need to save even more. Remember, everyone, together in your household, should not use more than 480 litres a day, if you want to make the 15 kilolitres monthly limit. What is the quickest way to bring my account down? Different communities use municipal water differently, but watering gardens, flushing toilets, bathing and showering and laundry, are the places where people can save the most.
Must I stop watering my garden all together?
The 2 B restrictions mean you are not allowed to water your garden with a hose or sprinklers at all. If you had until now watered your garden with a hose regularly, the good news is you may reduce your bill significantly by no longer watering your garden. You may water your garden by hand using a watering can or bucket, but in the long term, it is better to start thinking about planting drought resistant plants.
How can we save water in the toilet?
The older your house, the more likely you will have a large cistern of nine litres or more, which means flushing your toilet can use up to 15 litres per flush, which can add up quite quickly in a household of four. Newer toilet cisterns hold about six litres. Not all toilets work well with water reduction devices (such as a brick or bottle inside the cistern), so check before you do so. Reduce toilet paper use and consider your flushing options.
Do I really have to stop taking a bath?
Depending on the size of the bath, an 18-centimetre-deep bath will take up 150-200 litres, which is nearly half your daily household allocation, so it is about considering how important a bath is for you. Many people share the bathwater and harvest it afterwards to water non-edible plants, for instance. Consider one day a week being a treat ‘bath’ day and shower the rest of the time, if you don’t want to give it up entirely, but then also make sure the water goes to more than one use.
If I already take a shower, can I reduce my use further?
While newer shower heads may reduce usage, the flow rate of most shower heads are still 15-25 litres per minute or 75-125 litres for a five-minute shower. Consider replacing your shower head with a flow reducing one. You can save further by turning the tap off when soaping and then re-opening the tap to rinse off soap.
How much water does a laundry washing machine use?
Depending on the size and age of the laundry washing machine, it uses 90-150 litres per cycle. Consider handwashing for certain items.
How much water does a dishwasher use?
Depending on the size, age and type of machine, the dishwasher uses 40-75 litres per cycle. Consider handwashing, which uses 10-30 litres depending on your efficiency.
Are there some general things people can remember to save water?
Don’t let water run: close taps and put in the plug in for everything you can. Catch the cold water in the hot water pipes in a container when you wait for it to turn hot – fill the kettle or cooking pot with it.
If I see people not abiding to the restrictions, what should I do?
Contraventions of water restrictions can be reported on 044 801 6350 or after-hours to 044 801 6300. Repeat offenders can expect to pay up to R4 000 per offence, depending on the offence, or be jailed for up to six months if found guilty.
If I see water leaking somewhere, what should I do?
Please report water leaks, burst pipes and other water-related concerns to our Civil Engineering Department, at 044 801 9262 or after hours at 044 801 6300, as soon as you notice them.
OUR OPERATIONAL KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS: Sewerage: Main Pipes and Pump Stations Sewerage: Water Pollution Control Water: Main Pipes, Reservoirs and Pumpstations Water Purification Storm Water Streets Planning and Project Management
WHERE TO FIND US: Physical Address The Old Town Hall Building, c/o York and Market Street, Postal Address P O Box 19, George, 6530
Kindly report a blocked sewer, a burst water main, a leaking pipe, a complaint or potholes, immediately to: Mon – Fri : 07H45 – 16H30 044 801 9262 / 6 After Hours / Emergency Services 044 801 6300
UNIONDALE WATER/BURST PIPES/ SANITATION 044 752 1024 Contact us should you want to report a fault, have queries, complaints, compliments or suggestions.
OUR OPERATIONAL KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS:
WHERE TO FIND US:
Physical Address :
The Old Town Hall Building,
c/o York and Market Street, George
Postal Address :
P O Box 19, George, 6530
Kindly report a blocked sewer, a burst water main, a leaking pipe, a taste complaint or potholes, immediately to:
Mon – Fri : 07H45 – 16H30
044 801 9262 / 6
After Hours / Emergency Services
044 801 6300
WATER/BURST PIPES/ SANITATION
044 752 1024
Queries and faults to local roads can be directed to:
Streets and Stormwater
Tel 044 801 9496
Follow the link for Blue Drop information: https://www.dwa.gov.za
Follow the link for Green Drop information:https://www.dwa.gov.zaLast published 12 December 2017