Saldanha Bay Municipality

Water Restrictions

MEDIA RELEASE: Municipality implements interventions to extend available water supply
16 March 2018

Saldanha Bay Municipality has reached substantial savings on the water demand from the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) through ongoing demand management initiatives and the commissioning of the existing Langebaan Road Aquifer boreholes.  But even with the reduced current demand, the available water sources is inadequate to last until the winter rainfall or the commissioning of alternate water sources.

The WCWSS is under severe stress and further intervention is thus of utmost importance to reduce the demand and to prolong the available capacity of water within the water sources. Additional savings will have to be achieved to ensure that a basic level of water services can be provided to residents of the Saldanha Bay Municipal area.

The Municipality identified specific interventions, which will assist in lowering the water demand and extending the available water supply to the Saldanha Bay Municipal area. Council approved the following recommendations at a Special Council Meeting held in Vredenburg on 15 March 2018:

  • The installation of 6kl/month water restrictors at all indigent households.
  • Restriction of all formal and informal car washes to only non-potable water.
  • All water shops are only allowed to sell water sourced from outside the Saldanha Bay Municipal area of jurisdiction. No potable water from Saldanha Bay Municipality may be used.
  • All events must prove that they are water neutral and must submit a water plan to the Municipality before any approval to host the event will be considered.
  • All municipal resorts occupancy be limited to 50% compared to the same month of the previous year.
  • That in addition to Level 6B water restrictions, all residential properties be restricted to a maximum consumption of 200 litres per day or 6kl per month based on the occupancy of 4 individuals. If households have more than 4 occupants, a formal Level 6B exemption application must be submitted with a sworn affidavit and copies of identity cards of occupants for consideration.
  • The following penalties will be implemented with effect from the services accounts rendered to consumers during April 2018 for payment 15 May 2018, should the restrictions contained above not be adhered to:
  1. First transgression after warning: R1000 fine
  2. Second transgression after a warning: R2000 fine
  3. After the third transgression, the installation of 6kl/month water restrictors to control water consumption. 
  • All construction projects including the building of houses may only be conducted with non-potable water.
  • Preference will be given to industry, bulk construction and building projects for the use of effluent water.


Saldanha Bay Municipality is aware of recent reports relating to the alleged termination of water releases into the municipal area by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Please be advised that no decision has been taken in this regard. 

Residents and businesses are encouraged to register onto the Municipal SMS database to receive messages related to water restrictions in the municipal area. To register onto the SMS database, forward your cellphone number with your residential address to

Register on SMS Database for updates on Water Restrictions

Register your cell phone number or update your personal details on the municipal SMS database to receive messages related to Saldanha Bay Municipality’s water restrictions, emergency situations (floods, fires, power outages and pipe bursts), notices and announcements.

Submit your completed SMS database registration form to any Saldanha Bay Municipal office. You can also fax your completed form to (022) 715 1518 or submit via email to here for an electronic copy of the registration form.

Saldanha Bay Municipality implements Level 6B Water Restrictions

Saldanha Bay Municipality has approved level 6B water restrictions, effective from 1 February 2018 until further notice. All water users are required to immediately use less water and must attempt to use less than 50 litres of water per person, per day

Level 5 water restriction tariffs are still applicable.

Click here for an electronic copy of the approved level 6 water restrictions.

Click here for tips on how to use less than 50 litres of water per person, per day.

Click here for an electronic copy of the Level  6B water restrictions table.

Click here for Level 5 water restrictions tariffs, effective from 22 November 2017.

Application to obtain Treated Effluent Water for Bulk Construction only

During Level 6B Water Restrictions, municipal drinking water will not be allowed for bulk construction. Treated effluent is advised for bulk construction. Regular monitoring will be conducted by Saldanha Bay Municipality to ensure compliance. Click here to access the application form.

Application for exemption from Level 6B Water Restrictions

Customers with special requirements may apply for exemption from the water restrictions with the Director: Infrastructure and Planning Services. Click here to access the application form.

Top ways to save water indoors

You can help keep saving water by implementing key indoor actions, both at home and at work.
Click here for tips on the top ways you can save water indoors.
Water is a shared resource. Don’t use more than your share.

Eight ways to save water at home

Saving water is everyone’s responsibility. Do you know how much water you use at home?

  • Click here for eight ways to save water at home and to find out how the community can assist the municipality in saving water.
  • Water is a scarce source and should be used with care. Click here to see how we can reduce our water footprint by changing our habits.
  • Do you know your current water consumption? Click here for more information on the average consumption of water at home.
  • How to save water in your home.
  • You consume more water than you realise. Click here for the top tips in reducing your water footprint.
  • Water saving starts with you! Click here for more water saving tips.

Saldanha Bay Municipality, saving water one drop at a time.


H2O heroes guide to saving water

When it comes to saving water, there are so many small things we can do every day in our own homes, gardens, work and neighbourhoods that will make a big difference. Using grey water for gardens or having really short showers is a lifestyle adjustment, but it’s an important one if we want to ensure that we’ll still have water to drink, cook with and enjoy in the future.

You can be an H2O Hero too. Find out how at for more information.

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