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Water supply from Nooitgedagt WTW under pressure – use water sparingly


Nelson Mandela Bay residents are advised that hot weather conditions are expected to persist this week that require renewed efforts to use water sparingly as areas supplied by the Nooitgedagt Water Treatment Works (WTW) are currently experiencing low water pressure and shortages.

The raw water input from the Scheepersvlakte Dam is not enough for the Nooitgedagt WTW to cope with the high water demand from its supply zone resulting in Motherwell, Ibhayi, Chatty, Despatch and Uitenhage experiencing water supply difficulties. Residents and business in these areas could therefore experience low water pressure or water shortages as a result.

The persistent extreme heat of the last few days has exacerbated the situation.

Reservoir Hills in Despatch is the only Bay suburb affected by a lack of water supply due to its location and the high water consumption by residents from surrounding lower lying suburbs which prevent sufficient pressure to build up to restore supply to the area.

The municipality has put plans in place to improve the situation, but improvement is dependant on the drastic reduction on current water consumption levels.


Indications are that the first week of the New Year will remain hot and therefore the Municipality is appealing to all residents, businesses and visitors to heed the call and use water sparingly as per water restriction notices.     


Please use water sparingly and remember to report all water leaks and abuse to 0800 20 50 50 /


Find more info on water restrictions, by visiting our website at




Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / / @kupidobaron).

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