LIMITS ON WATER USE: SAND-VET WATER USERS ASSOCIATION WATER SUPPLY SCHEME
Title: Sand-vet Water Users Association Water Supply Scheme – Limiting The use of water in terms of item 6 of schedule 3 of the National Water Act of 1998 for urban and irrigation purposes from the dams within the Sand-vet Water Users Association Water Supply Scheme
Government Notice: GN 19 in GG 39679 of 12 February 2016
Date of commencement: 12 February 2016
The Director-General of the Department of Water and Sanitation believes that a potential water shortage exists in the Sand-Vet Water Users Association water supply scheme. This is due to insufficient rains. This notice limits the taking of water from the Sand-Vet Water Users Association water supply scheme by all users as follows:
a) 92% restriction on water use for Irrigation purposes from the Allemanskraal Dam.
b) 85% restriction on water use for Irrigation purposes from the Erfenis Dam
c) 40% restriction on water use for Domestic and Industrial supply to the towns of Brandfort and Theunissen within the Masilonyana Municipality as well as Bultfontein and Hoopstad within the Tswelopele Municipality.
“So what” for my operation?
It is important for your operation to have knowledge of these restrictions as relevant to the quantities of water allowed to be taken from the specified water systems for irrigation, urban, industrial and/ or mining purposes. If you contravene this notice, the authority may modify, or require you to modify the contravening waterwork so that it cannot be used to take more water than that allowed for in the notice; or remove the waterwork or require you to remove the waterwork if the notice contains a prohibition on the use of that waterwork. Any reasonable costs incurred by this modification or removal may be recovered from your operation.
What is Shangoni’s approach?
Shangoni can assist individuals and operations located in the affected areas in developing a detailed water balance, or updating an existing water balance, to assess areas of excessive water usage / loss at the operation. This will identify areas where water saving initiatives can be implemented, to reduce the quantity of raw water required and therefore ensure compliance to the above mentioned water restrictions.