Gauteng and NW Province

Drought Police; Conserve or pay fine $ 500

The City of Rockport will begin a more aggressive approach in enforcing Condition II of its drought contingency plan beginning April 2, 2013. Anyone not following the mandatory guidelines for water restrictions will be issued a citation (Fines are a class “C” misdemeanor and are up to $500 per violation). Since implementing Condition II in December 2012, the City has been giving violators courtesy notices to allow time for customers to be educated and adjust to the requirements detailed below.
Except for commercial nursery stock, the following conditions are in effect for irrigation:
1. All irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
2. Allowing water to run off into the street or gutter is prohibited.
3. Commercial and multifamily customers may water outdoors only on Tuesday and/or Friday.
4. Residential customers with odd-numbered addresses may water only on Wednesday and/or Saturday.
5. Residential customers with even-numbered addresses may water only on Thursday and/or Sunday.
Irrigation is allowed for the establishment of newly planted materials only (1) within 30 days of planting and (2) outside the hours between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Property owners using water wells, wastewater treatment plant effluent, or gray water for irrigation are exempt from the restrictions; however, the ordinance requires those users to post a sign stating the water used for irrigation is from a private well, wastewater treatment plant effluent, gray water or source other than the city’s water supply. It is a separate violation to display a sign that which falsely claims the water used to be from another source.

If all semi-arid countries, like South Africa could enforce these rules we would not be sitting with the current water predicament where demand exceeds supply. Why wait for these disasters to happen first? Why wait till we run out of water? Why not enforce the law of recycling water? It is such a brilliant concept that saves water as well as money. And if you can’t afford the system then obey the rules; simple.

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