KAROO NEWS - The Sarah Baartman District Municipality, which covers seven local municipalities, is still battling with the persistent drought and water shortage across the district.
According to the communication officer for the municipality, Natasha Peterson, the current weather forecasts show that the next three months will be particularly dry with minimal rainfall projected across the district.
The current dam levels in the district are Kouga Dam (8,6%), Impofu Dam (17%), Nqweba Dam (19,6%), Groendal Dam (31,1%), Loerie Dam (46,1%) and Churchill Dam (60,67%).
Peterson said the municipality urges residents to use water sparingly and to adhere to a limit of 25 litres per person a day for a maximum of four people per household. Residents are also requested to report water leaks to their respective local municipality and to follow water-saving tips.
The municipality also encourages community members to continue adhering to the hygiene tips issued by the Department of Health concerning Covid-19, such as washing hands regularly with soap and water.
Some basic water-saving tips for your home:
- Use greywater for gardening or to flush the toilet.
- Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Alternatively, use a cup of water to brush your teeth.
- Report and fix water leaks.
- Fill a two-litre bottle with greywater or sand and place it in the cistern of all your toilets to reduce the amount of water needed to flush.
- Take shorter showers.
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