Mandela Bay on brink of disaster as water crisis deepens

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Port Elizabeth - The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is on the brink of being declared a disaster area as the water crisis deepens, mayor Athol Trollip said on Tuesday.

"Despite saving water, our water is running out. It's not raining and we could run out of water. If we run out of water, we have an absolute catastrophe," he said.

He was speaking after touring the Churchill dam with mayoral committee member for infrastructure and engineering, Annette Lovemore. The dam is currently below 27% capacity.

"We have saved water, even in the month of February, which is the driest, hottest and highest usage, we came down to the lowest usage," said Trollip.

"People have been trying, really trying to save water in Nelson Mandela Bay, but we are not at the levels where we should be. We still have to save a lot of water."

Trollip said the municipality could increase water restrictions and impose punitive charges for high water consumption.

Disaster area

Lovemore said the total combined capacity of the 10 dams supplying the metro was 47.2% as of Tuesday. Should it dip below 45%, the metro could apply to have the region declared a disaster area.

They would meet internal disaster management officials, to start applying for a disaster to be declared.

During the last drought, the municipality applied for disaster relief and received R1.6bn in aid. The money was allocated to the Nooitgedagt water scheme, but it took a while to reach the metro, which was why it was critical to apply as soon as the criteria were met.

Trollip said 20% of residents in each of the 60 wards in Nelson Mandela Bay were consuming more than 70% of the city's total water supply. They would be given two weeks to "radically" change their water use, or face punitive measures.

The punishment had not yet been finalised, but options included reducing water supply to households with flow restrictors.

Leaks

Lovemore said between 20% and 25% of potable water from treatment works was lost through leaks.

Since the metro had implemented water restrictions and started an awareness campaign, the number of leaks reported in February went from 16 661 in 2016 to 25 056 this year.

There was, however, a shortage of capacity to address the problem, she said.

"Our backlog is too big and our turnaround time is way too long. We should have 51 plumbers. We currently have 29."

Burst pipes were a priority, and needed to be fixed within 24 hours. The average response times for smaller leaks were between 18 and 24 days. They wanted to bring it down to five days.

Trollip said the municipality would put out adverts for more plumbers, but they first had to deal with internal HR and union issues.

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http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/N...-of-disaster-as-water-crisis-deepens-20170307
 

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Trollip said 20% of residents in each of the 60 wards in Nelson Mandela Bay were consuming more than 70% of the city's total water supply.
Lovemore said between 20% and 25% of potable water from treatment works was lost through leaks.
This doesn't add up. So 80% of the residents use only 5-10% of the total water (not including businesses)?
 

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I see the dam he visited is a small dam. Yes, it does send a bit of water to Port Elizabeth but the dam he should be talking about is Impofu. Go look on GE. And that dam is 70% full! However, there seems to be an issue with old infrastructure and broken pumps and water pipes. There is plenty water but how to get it to the people? What is going on?
 

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Major Storage Dams supplying the Metro (levels as at 6 MARCH 2017)

Capacity Volume of water

Kouga 33.22% 41 832 Ml
Churchill 27.13% 9 561 Ml
Impofu 70.92% 75 006 Ml
Loerie 43.85% 1 327 Ml
Groendal 61.94% 7 210 Ml

134 936 Ml

Ave all 47.92 % of total combined capacity
 

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A quarter of capacity is lost due to leakage but all you hear are excuses.. how about radically changing your maintenance schedules before resorting to threaten your customers?
 

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another DA led municipalicty having a water crisis?

is god punishing the people for voting for the DA?

mind you
Ave all 47.92 % of total combined capacity
is not bad at all

wheres the 'crisis'?

do they have water related businesses?
 
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another DA led municipalicty having a water crisis?

is god punishing the people for voting for the DA?

mind you is not bad at all

wheres the 'crisis'?

do they have water related businesses?
Read up on Nooitgedacht
 
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the battle or the wine estate. what should i be reading?
During the last drought, the municipality applied for disaster relief and received R1.6bn in aid. The money was allocated to the Nooitgedagt water scheme, but it took a while to reach the metro, which was why it was critical to apply as soon as the criteria were met.
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Dam LevelBelow please find the Major Storage Dam levels as at 09 March 2017

Capacity Volume of water

Kouga 33.56% 40 994 Ml
Churchill 26.54% 9 353 Ml
Impofu 70.88% 74 957 Ml
Loerie 40.35% 1 221 Ml
Groendal 61.34% 7 140 Ml

133 665 Ml

Ave all 47.47 % of total combined capacity.


s NMBM 9 March 2017
 

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Nelson Mandela Bay facing water 'crisis'

Port Elizabeth – Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay can gear up for stringent water restrictions within the next week as the water situation in the city is on the verge of a "crisis". Executive Mayor Athol Trollip on Wednesday, called an emergency media briefing at Port Elizabeth City Hall to address the critical water situation and the implementation of various emergency schemes. As of Wednesday the total average dam levels dropped to 43.1 percent, with the last 10 percent (dead storage) of the dam's water being mostly not usable, dam levels are effectively at 33.1 percent.

At current consumption levels this equates to roughly 12 months of usable water remaining. Trollip warned that the metro was only three percent away from moving to Part C of its water restrictions which would mean higher tariff hike for both residential and business consumers.

Trollip said that to date the metro's initiatives to save water had not seen desired outcomes and the metro needed to institute more punitive measures.
More at: http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/eastern-cape/nelson-mandela-bay-facing-water-crisis-8639635
 

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Athol needs to hold these media briefings more often - it rained last night and we look good for some more today :)
 

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Water tariffs: The new pain

The full impact of the drought is about to hit the pockets of every resident and business in Nelson Mandela Bay hard, with massive tariff hikes set to kick in from Monday. This will see municipal bills for residents increase by at least a couple of hundred rand more every month.

The municipality will move to Part C of the water tariffs structure on Monday as the combined average dam levels dropped to below 40% yesterday.

Effectively, consumers will pay R14.57 for the first 0.5kl/d used, R29.46 for the next 0.3kl/d used, R58.92 for the next 0.8kl/d and more than R196.41 for any more kilolitres used in a day.

This means that people will pay more for their water regardless of how much they use.

Commercial and industrial tariffs will be increased from R12.69/kl to R16.54.

Nelson Mandela Bay city manager Johann Mettler said the municipality had also now started the process of applying to the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation to have the metro declared a disaster area.

He said while the municipality would be advertising the increased tariffs in the media in the upcoming week, council had already adopted a resolution to impose the increased tariffs immediately after dam levels dropped below 40%.
More at: http://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2017/05/13/water-tariffs-new-pain/
 

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Effectively, consumers will pay R14.57 for the first 0.5kl/d used, R29.46 for the next 0.3kl/d used, R58.92 for the next 0.8kl/d and more than R196.41 for any more kilolitres used in a day.
Quite how they are going to calculate this is a mystery as the meter reader seldom comes on the date specified for the next reading and didn't pitch at all last month!

... guess I'm starting at a disadvantage as they must have used a estimated value to start the punitive calculations :(
 
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Quite how they are going to calculate this is a mystery as the meter reader seldom comes on the date specified for the next reading and didn't pitch at all last month!

... guess I'm starting at a disadvantage as they must have used a estimated value to start the punitive calculations :(
Register and submit your own readings...
 
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