— Message from the Mayor of Vaalwater, Modimolle and Mookgophong, Marlene van Staden
“Water is one of the most precious resources we have and a crucial part of the lives of every one of us. Whether it is just for drinking and household use or for commercial purposes, water is an integral part of our everyday life. While most of us realise the importance of water, some people still waste water and have no consideration for what is essentially a finite resource.
While the country is closely following the situation in the Western Cape as the crippling drought continues to require that drastic measures are taken, many other parts of the country, including our own region, are also battling drought conditions and low dam levels.
The Donkerpoort Dam, supplying Modimolle/Phagameng, is currently at less than 23% capacity and at our current usage of 5,5 megalitre a day; we only have a little less than three month’s supply left. The less than average rainfall coupled with the high temperatures and the increased demand have added to the need for us all to become more responsible water users.
Welgevonden Dam (Frikkie Geyser) that supplies our residents in Mookgophong is at 40%. Here we also have a little bit more than two months’ worth of water supply left. Our current usage of 2,5 megalitre a day is putting this resource under extreme pressure.
I would like to make an appeal to all our communities to implement water saving measures in your homes, schools and businesses. We need to ensure taps are turned off when not in use, that leaks are reported and repaired as soon as possible, that we don’t water gardens and wash cars using potable water and that we raise awareness of responsible water usage.
It is likely that, unless we have good sustained rains soon, we will need to implement water restrictions and I can assure you that this will be done in a responsible and measured manner.
We all have a role to play in saving water and ensuring that we don’t get to a situation where our taps run dry. The Municipality will do everything in its power to raise awareness and play its part in sustainable water management and we are sure that all our residents will join us in this important task.
The Government has not yet declared the drought a National disaster, however, Limpopo is one of the worst hit provinces with North West Province, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Free State have been declared drought areas.
The water team will keep residents informed of the water situation on an on-going basis and any and all restrictions that may need to be implemented will be communicated within all our community.
Let us all work together to ensure the sustainable management of this precious resource.”