Category Archive: environment

Jul 13

PROPOSED RESTRICTIVE WATER MEASURES

PROPOSED RESTRICTIVE WATER MEASURES

Restriction when average dam levels are at 20%:

  • Restrict household consumption to 15 kl per metered connection.
  • Blanket restriction of high consumers using discs or flow restrictors
  • No use of hosepipes allowed (to water gardens, wash cars, hose down walls or paving, top up pools, fountains or ponds, etc.), unless:

–       The water is from a source other than municipal.

–       The water is used for firefighting purposes.

  • No use of municipal water supply allowed to water gardens, wash cars, hose down walls or paving, top up pools, fountains or ponds, etc.
  • No use of sprinklers or irrigation systems allowed, unless:

–       The water is from a source other than municipal.

  • All building contractors to use treated effluent, collected from Fishwater Flats (or any other appropriate wastewater treatment works), other than for concrete work.
  • All domestic customers will have a flow meter restrictor installed. All borehole users must register with the municipality, and comply with the conditions attached to such registration, particularly the prohibition on sale or transfer of own borehole water for use on other properties.
  • No applications to build swimming pools will be approved.
  • No use of automatic urinal flushing systems allowed.
  • All car washes will be closed if they have not achieved the requirement to recycle 60% of their water.
  • No municipal showers will operate.
  • Municipal swimming pools must be filled with suitable ground water.
  • Residential, institutional and government users are subject to Part C of the Schedule of Tariffs.
  • Commercial and Industrial users are subject to Part C of the Schedule of Tariffs.
  • All requirements of the Water and Sanitation By-Law will be enforced, as will the conditions of Restriction Notice 5

–       The Municipality requests:

  • That all residents use a maximum of 50 litres per person per day.
  • That cistern “bricks” be utilised in every toilet.
  • That household toilets be flushed with non-municipal water (e.g. grey, rain or borehole water).
  • That water-efficient showerheads be used.

–       The Municipality will:

  • Make recycled effluent available to contractors and householders for non-drinking purposes during business hours (08:00 – 16:00).
  • Make untreated groundwater available for non-drinking purposes, at the Motherwell cemetery.
  • Install flow control valves at 50 high water user schools.
  • Train and utilise peace officers from amongst the staff of all directorates, and Metro Police officers, to enforce the provisions of the Water and Sanitation Services By-Law and the restriction notice.
  • Install cistern “bricks” in every one of its own cisterns.
  • Manage its internal water usage, per directorate, based on the audit conducted

Aug 30

What to do if your street light is faulty or not working?

For any faulty or not working street lights within your ward, please call your customer care number
Customer Care Help-line on tel: 041-506 5555. Email:customercare@mandelametro.gov.za. Fax: 041 506 1304.

Aug 22

Public meeting on the liquid bulk/tank farm and manganese project

NELSON MANDELA BAY MUNICIPALITY PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT MEETING BETWEEN TRANSNET AND COMMUNITY OF HUMEWOOD
Humewood and other interested residents, including representatives from Business and Tourism are invited to a public meeting on Thursday, 23 August 2012, at 17H30, at which the Chief Executive of Transnet National Ports Authority, Mr Tau Morwe, will provide feedback on the liquid bulk/tank farm and manganese project, as well as the Port Development Framework for Nelson Mandela Bay.
Date: Thursday 23 August
Time: 17h30
Venue: Hume Park Recreational Club – Main hall

Aug 07

water crisis continues…

Although the NMBM JOC Centre confirmed that the entire Metro would have water last night, the crisis is not resolved and residents for the most part are still sitting without water. In Summerstrand, 2 reservoirs are supplying Summerstrand, one of which is for the bottom part along Marine Drive (water is running well) and the other which is currently struggling to supply water, affecting the top area of Summerstrand above Brighton Drive, including Gomery Area, and above Strandfontein Rd.

Information conveyed from our counsellors:
– There will be a water-tank truck at the Mercado Centre – Summerbreezz Spar

Aug 03

Water tanks in Summerstrand as the water supply runs dry…

Two pipelines supplying the city with water from the Churchill and Impofu dams collapsed today in the vicinity of Van Stadens due to the recent heavy rains.
Since these pipelines supply a third of the water supply to the city, some areas will be affected within the next 24 hours when reservoirs run dry. Areas affected are:

Central, Deal Party, Summerstrand, Humewood, North End, Korsten, Struandale, Mount Pleasant, Lovemore Park, Lovemore Heights, Algoa Park, Struandale, Gelvandale, Gelvan Park and parts of New Brighton and KwaZakhele.

Two water tankers have been dispatched to SUMMERSTRAND at the Pick ‘n Pay Centre, and the Mercado Spar.

Jul 13

Road closure and more warnings from NMBM

This is a note from our Councillors of Ward 1 and 2: the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has activated its Joint Operations Centre: 0800 20 5050, since 2pm this afternoon, after more road were closed due to the persistent rain since this morning:
  • Newton Park Third Avenue Dip area
  • Carrington Road in Charlo
  • Seaview Road in the vicinity of Bushy Park
  • Draaifontein/Tembani Road
  • Water Road and Victoria Road are currently being monitored and could be closed at any time

Motorists are warned to use extreme caution and adhere to safe following distances as road surfaces are slippery!

Jul 13

Extreme weather warning for this weekend

The SA National Weather Services have called for a high alert this weekend with previsions of extreme cold inland, heavy winds by the coast, and heavy rains. The 2 HIGH pressure systems south of the country and developing LOW pressure system over the far Northern-Western interior are similar to the systems that caused the 1968 floods in Port Elizabeth and Surrounding areas.
– Heavy Snow Falls are expected with Road closures in all mountain passes in the region except for Olifantskop pass. 
– Heavy Rain is expected to reach Port Elizabeth by today noon until Saturday evening throughout the region of Cacadu. 
–  These systems are expected to also affect all outdoor activities in the region such as the Biltong Festival in Somerset East and the VW Algoa Rally being held in the Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and surrounding areas.

Please be warned and take care.

Apr 17

Road closures this weekend with the Ironman

on Saturday 21 April, from 7h00 till 10h00:  The Vodacom Corporate Triathlon Challenge.  
                 – Marine Drive is closed from the Caltex Garage opposite Hobie Beach to Noordhoek 
on Sunday 22 April: The Ironman South Africa
            – Full closure: 
Buffelsfontein Rd from 5h00 till 17h30 with crossovers at designated areas.
            – Crossover intersections on Heugh/Buffelsfontein Rdwill be available at the following points 
           – Roads manned by traffic officers: Walmer: 1st Ave, 3rd Ave, 6th Ave, 9th Ave, 10th Ave, 7th Ave, Melsetter Rd
           –  Full closure: all roads connecting into the route from Mount Pleasant to KiniBayand back to Hobie Beach.
           –  Full closure: Seaview Road, Heron Road, Sardinia Bay Road, Victoria Drive
           –  Full closure until midnight: Marine Drive from the NMMU back gate to Driftsands Drive

 

Mar 30

High occurrence of “Bluebottle” on our beaches

The commonly-known “bluebottle”, also known as the “Portuguese man-o-war”, or  physalia physalis is not a jellyfish but a species of siphonophores made up of a colony of four kinds of polyps. The bluebottle has many long tentacles that, if stung by one, can cause excruciating pain and threaten the safety of bathers.The “bluish” little balloon has occurred often this year on our beaches and it it surprising that still many bathers are unaware of its nefast effects….
IF STUNG, WHAT TO DO…. Depending on the coverage of the stings and the person’s sensitivity, it is best to constantly monitor for an allergic reaction and shock such as severe pain, high swelling, breathing problems, or difficulty swallowing. In this case consult a doctor immediately.Lemon or lime juice and vinegar SPRINKLING on the wound have been found to alleviate pain and swelling.
If you’re at the beach, using a shell or credit card to scrape away the stinging cells will work, NOT your hands and fingers as this will results in you also getting stung.

To assist with pain relief, pain relievers can be used

Feb 18

Water tariffs

Stepped tariffs remain, and residents are allowed to use hose-pipes and sprinklers to water their gardens ONLY BETWEEN 16:00 and 22:00 daily.

The metro has taken the decision that stepped tariffs will remain in place to encourage users to remain frugal with their water comsumption.

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