There seems to be a lot of confusion about the water supply in Kenton.
If you look at the schematic below, you’ll see that Kenton has two sources of municipal water:
1. The Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant situated at the end of Bushmans, and
2. The Diaz Aquifer Bed. (Near the Diaz Cross).
The RO plant is, according to a very senior water engineer, one of the best run plants in the country. This plant takes brackish water and converts it into pure water.
The second source of municipal water is from boreholes pumped from the Diaz Aquifer. I understand that when this was first discovered it was very good water but has now become contaminated by sea water which broke over the dunes during a typhoon a few years ago. It is slowly improving but is still too salty for human consumption.
Both municipal water sources are pumped into the large reservoirs on the hill in Ekuphumleni making a blend of water, which is within potable water specifications. This makes Kenton’s water supply unique!
THE THIRD SOURCE OF WATER
The third source of water, is of course, rain water. Every house in Kenton has, or should have, water tanks to store this precious commodity. With these three sources of water we are so much better off than most of the country. We are not like Cape Town or Johannesburg for example where falling levels in reservoirs are watched with trepidation by everyone. We also need to be cognisant of the fact that we live in a drought stricken country and every drop of water counts.
FACTS AND FIGURES
• RO plant produces 1 800m³ (1.8ML)/day
• Dias 700m³ (.7ML)/day
• A total of 2 500m³ (2.5ML)/day
And that is it!
We all need to share this water:
• Merry Hill
At the end of May the supply seemed to be sufficient, as the three big concrete reservoirs were full every morning. However, since the day without Eskom power a few weeks ago, a day where neither the RO pumps nor Diaz pumps could work, no water was pumped into the reservoirs. The reservoirs have never filled up again, averaging just around 50%.
SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS – WE HAVE TO CUT DEMAND TO SUIT THE SUPPLY.
We did it for a few months and now we need to do it again. Let’s all cooperate and try to get the reservoirs full for the festive season so we don’t fall into the same morass as we did last year.
We know that our gardens are crying out for rain but we simply cannot afford to use municipal water for gardening.
• No watering gardens with hose pipes
• No washing cars and boats
• No washing down drive ways
• 2 minute showers – keep the water to water plants
• No running taps
What do you do to help? It’s up to us all!