The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality supports National Water Week – an annual awareness campaign and celebration by the Department of Water and Sanitation, ending on 23 March, as well as World Water Day on 22 March each year. This year, the world-wide theme is: Leaving No One Behind (Human Rights and Refugees)
The Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Cllr Mongameli Bobani, has issued the following message on the occasion of International Water Week:
“World Water Week and World Water Day turn the spotlight squarely on the fact that water is one of the world’s most limited resources. All countries of the world are dependent on it for life, growth and progress. With many parts of South Africa suffering an unbroken drought, how we use and think about water has become of paramount importance.
Without water, South Africa cannot begin to address its endemic challenges of eradicating poverty and under-development. Water drives our economy, allows businesses to operate, creates jobs and brings dignity and health to our people. The sustainable management of this scarce resource is vital.
The Municipality appeals to all residents to reuse and recycle water and be aware that, every time they open a tap, they make an impact on our city’s future.
The recent rain, though very welcome, did not fall in our dam catchment areas. In fact, the levels of our main supply dam levels are steadily decreasing and now stand at an average level of 47%.
Many of our residents have adopted water-wise ways of running their households and businesses, and we are deeply thankful for their cooperation. However, many others have not, continuing to use and even waste water as if though there is no drought. All our water consumers MUST change their behaviour and attitude towards water. We all need to get used to making do with less, to value the precious resource and to pay for the water we use.
Restrict your water use.
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