With Greater Knysna not receiving the forecasted rain it so desperately needs, the Knysna Acting Municipal Manager, Johnny Douglas appeals to all residents and visitors to be mindful of their water usage. During the past week (12 – 19 June) Knysna received a mere 1mm of rain.
Both the Gouna and Knysna Rivers that feed Knysna’s off channel storage Akkerkloof Dam, have stopped flowing. The current water level of the Knysna River is a mere 100mm below the weir at Charlesford extraction point.
“Charlesford is Knysna’s primary abstraction point, and with the level of water being so low we are unable to use all of our pumps to feed much-needed water into the balancing Glebe Dam, before being pumped into the Akkerkloof Dam that feeds Knysna with its water,” said Douglas
The Glebe Dam is currently empty and the Akkerkloof Dam is 33 per cent full, which translates into 20 days of water at the current usage of 13.96Ml/day. “We are in desperate need to reduce the town’s water consumption as our technical team are managing to produce only 12.5Ml/day.
The pipeline between the Glebe and Akkerkloof Dams received an upgrade during 2015 that resulted in an increase in the capacity of Knysna of the Akkerkloof Dam. “With the current drought situation, it is impossible to pump water out of the rivers that just don’t have the water, resulting in our dam levels dropping daily,” said Douglas.
He added that the Knysna Municipality is in discussions with the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation to secure funding for a second storage dam.
Knysna’s Desalination plant is up and running and is capable of complimenting the town’s traditional sources by a mere 1.368ML/day when running at capacity.
“I have to commend our Technical team for the tireless work they performed in attending to the break in the water system and the numerous water leaks that resulted from these fires. We ask residents who may be experiencing water outages to call our Water report number 044 302 6331.”
In closing Douglas asked all visitors and residents of Greater Knysna to only use the Municipal potable water for human consumption only.
Tips on how to reduce water consumption can be found on the Municipal website www.knysna.gov.za