WATER RESTRICTIONS: URBAN AND IRRIGATION PURPOSES: CALEDON MODDER SUBSYSTEM
Title: National Water Act (36/19898): Caledon Modder Subsystem – limiting the use of water in terms of Item 6 of Schedule 3 for urban and irrigation purposes from the dams within the Caledon-Modder Subsystem
Government Gazette Notice: GN 959 in GG 40229 of 26 August 2016
Commencing date: 26 August 2016
The Director General of the Department of Water and Sanitation, on reasonable grounds believe that a potential water shortage exists in the Caledon Modder subsystem. This is due to insufficient rains and infrastructural constraint that is limiting transfer capacity from the Caledon to the Modder sub-system.
Consequently, he limited the taking of water from the Caledon- Modder subsystem by all users as follows:
- 30% restriction on water use for Domestic and Industrial supply to the Mangaung Metropolitan Supply area (including other small towns supplied from Caledon-Modder subsystem), and the towns of Ladybrand within the Mantsopa Municipality and Ficksburg within the Setsoto Municipality as well as Fouriesburg within the Dihlabeng Municipality.
- 75% restrictions on the use of water for irrigation purposes in the Modder River sub-catchment upstream of Maselspoort Dam.
- 75% restrictions on the use of water for Irrigation purposes in the Caledon and Little Caledon River sub-catchment upstream of Welbedacht Dam.
- 100% restriction on the use of water for Irrigation purposes in the Caledon and Little Caledon River sub-catchment upstream of Welbedacht Dam when water is released from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
The limitations apply from the date of this notice until further notice.
“So what” for my operation?
Should your operation be located within this catchment, 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. 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.