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:
- First transgression after warning: R1000 fine
- Second transgression after a warning: R2000 fine
- 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 email@example.com.
Special Rating Areas (SRAs)
South African legislation makes provision for Special Rating Areas (SRAs) to be determined by a Municipality. A majority group of property owners in a designated area could approach the Municipality with a business plan, indicating their willingness to pay an additional rate over and above their annual rates, enabling them to raise a pool of funds to facilitate the improvement and upgrading of the designated area.
The additional rate to be levied will be determined by the annual budget required for the improvement and upgrading of each SRA, which may include provisions for cleansing and security. An official SRA area can only be established with the cooperation of property owners within the designated area. It is therefore important that the public meetings are attended by as many property owners as possible or that owners engage with the Municipality via email.
The municipality is therefore in process of scheduling public meetings to discuss this concept with property owners in a specific designated area, as part of the public participation process. Click here for a list of meeting venues and for an electronic copy of the notice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for an electronic copy of the registration form.
NOTICE TO ALL PROPERTY OWNERS:
Residential Accommodation Business Property Categories
You are hereby notified that the Minister for Cooperate Governance & Traditional Affairs rejected Council’s application to recognise a “Residential Accommodation Business” property as a separate category in terms of the Municipal Property Rates Act, with the instruction that the property category should be classified as Business/Commercial. Establishments which currently fall within this property category will be corrected in the next budget year, starting from 1 July 2018.
Notice is hereby given that it is the intention of the municipality to remove the category “Residential Accommodation Business”, and to replace it with a rebate instead.
All residential accommodation business properties will be revalued in a Supplementary Valuation process whereby property categories will change to “Business/ Commercial”. Property category changes will be submitted to Council for consideration on 28 March 2018 during the tabling of the 2018/19 budget.
Owners affected by this change in property category need to submit proof before 30 June 2018 of the approved land use, or an affidavit stating that the premises are used for “Residential or Residential Accommodation Business” purposes to be considered for a rebate. The above will be verified by the Municipality.
Non-response will result in rates tariff to be adjusted accordingly as per the Supplementary Valuation Roll, effective from 1 July 2018.
Upgrading of Oostewal Street in Langebaan: Phase 2
Road works for phase 2 of the Oostewal Street upgrade in Langebaan to Jon Olafsson Street commenced on Monday, 5 March 2018.
The construction of the new road works will be done in stages and flag controlled traffic accommodation by-passes will be in operation between the hours of 08h00 and 18h00. Two way traffic flow will remain throughout the project, including alternate traffic routes.
The circle at Langebaan Country Estate will be completed at the end of May 2018 and it is anticipated that all road works in Oostewal Street be completed approximately 30 September 2018.
Please direct all complaints and enquiries to: G. Tanner of Nadeson Consulting Services on 083 764 6039 or B. Shepherd of Marracon Civil on 082 563 0498.
Report uncovered manholes
Saldanha Bay Municipality aims to ensure that manholes within the municipal area are safely covered to prevent the occurrence of any accidents or incidents.
The municipality and the South African Police Services are working together to halt and prevent the theft of fire hydrants, manhole covers and water metre covers. To further assist with the prevention of these incidents, we require the assistance of the community.
We encourage the community to report uncovered manholes, fire hydrants and water metres by contacting the 24-hour Saldanha Bay Municipality call centre on 022 701 7061. Alternatively, contact the municipal health and safety department on 022 701 7190 to report the occurrence of accidents and incidents related to uncovered manholes.
The municipality will ensure that the relevant department investigates and replaces the uncovered manhole(s).
Application/Alteration of 240-litre refuse containers
Saldanha Bay Municipality herewith informs all residents that as from 1 November 2017 a verification process will start to compare refuse removal services rendered versus refuse removal services billed.
Therefore if a household is only billed for one refuse bin, the municipality will only empty one refuse bin per week. Owners can apply for additional refuse bins or a reduction of refuse bins by means of the standard wheelie bin application form. Please note that only green SBM wheelie bins will be emptied as part of our refuse removal level of service.
Ontec (Prepaid Electricity) Vendors
Saldanha Bay Municipality has 69 registered Ontec vendors supplying prepaid electricity to residents and businesses within the municipal area. All Vendors are appointed on the NRS 047 standard.
Prepaid electricity can also be purchased at any Saldanha Bay Municipal office. Below are maps of the locations of the Ontec vendors per town in the municipal area.