Is “Water shedding” coming?

Knysna has had water restriction since 2007.  Population growth, broken pipes,  inadequate water storage, pumping, and drought has exacerbated the problem over the years.  We are now facing a ‘crisis’ situation as the only ‘reservoir’ we have is empty.

Knysna only has water for 23 days

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KNYSNA NEWS FLASH – The situation in the Knysna Municipality has reached critical levels with reserves of this precious resource down to 23 days at the current rate of consumption.
Knysna executive mayor, Georlene Wolmarans, urges: “Knysna is on high alert. We appeal to all residents of Knysna to make a conscious effort to conserve water and cut consumption to ensure we get through this thirsty time that is upon our town.”
The situation is dire, with the Akkerkloof Dam which is the main reserve facility for Knysna at a critical level of 34% and the Glebe Dam at under 5% which means it can no longer supply the system.
“Each and every one of us needs to think twice about how we use water,” says Wolmarans, “with the reality being that we need to cut our usage in half to meet sustainable targets and make our reserves last longer.”
Glebe dam
Glebe dam Saturday 5th March. Photo: Dave Underwood


Glebe dam, photo taken 5th March
Glebe dam, photo taken 5th March, photo: Dave Underwood




Posted below is also an article  by Mike Hampton:

Knysna water restrictions“Knysna, being a water scarce area, is extremely vulnerable to long periods of no rain since it largely relies on water from its rivers.” That was what was stated in a report to the Knysna Municipality’s Section 80 Governance meeting held February 24.

Water security is considered to be when there’s a holding dam containing a minimum of a 6-month water supply. It was stated that a Knysna has never had that capacity, the problem amplified by the recent increase in houses.

Currently, there’s only 71 days water storage and this is at risk of dropping.

  • The Akkerkloof Dam, Knysna’s main reserve, is down to 37%, constituting 28 days water at the average of 12ml/day.
  • The Glebe Dam is at a shocking 5%, containing only poor quality water which in resulted in the stopping of pumping on Feb 16 so as to avoid damage to the system.
  • The Sedgefield Desalination Plant and the Knysna Reverse Osmosis Plant requires R4.15-million in more repairs.
  • The Gouna, Karatara and Knysna river flows are so low (only 2mm over the weir) that if it drops further, water supply will only be able to run every second or third day.
  • The situation in Buffalo Bay is critical as there is no flow of water over the Goukamma weir.

It was requested that Local Law Enforcement be put on HIGH alert (capitals were used in the report) to enforce water restrictions. The overall situation was described as “extremely stressful”.

Read ‘Many Water & Sewer Breakages in Knysna’.