The Nelson Mandela Bay metro is urging residents to use water sparingly due to the water crisis that this city has been suffering from for about a week.
The metro said Day Zero had arrived for the city while numerous residents and businesses, mainly in the northern and western parts of Port Elizabeth, had been experiencing water supply disruptions since last week. These interruptions continued Monday.
“Day Zero has officially arrived. We use more water than is available in our storage dams, ”said Mongameli Bobani, mayoral committee member of the metro’s infrastructure and engineering committee.
Bobani attributed the water crisis in particular to the residents’ high water consumption which puts great pressure on the metro’s water resources, as the city is still facing a drought disaster. He says about 290 megalitres of water are currently used per day.
“We are supposed to use 268 megalitres or less per day. The metro’s water resources cannot provide as much water, ”he says. The metro aims to limit water consumption to 250 megalitres per day in order to save water.
The city’s storage dams are currently 18.91% full.
The DA claims that the city loses about 46% of its processed water even before it reaches the residents. “About 130 megalitres of the 290 megalitres of water are just wasted daily,” said Nqaba Bhanga, DA leader in the Eastern Cape. “If the losses are left out of account, the metro can use below the available 250 megalitres of water per day.”
Bobani says as part of the long-term solution, the metro has so far repaired 15,700 water leaks, which will save the city millions of liters of water and prevent water from just being lost. “We currently have a number of projects to improve our water supply, and that includes the Coegakop water treatment plant,” he says.