Residents to be fined for misuse of water

While Umjindi is in the grip of a severe drought, there are still people who persistently ignore continued requests to save water and insist on flouting the rules.

Barberton Times has received photos and complaints from members of the community, showing ignorant people merrily watering their gardens, cleaning their driveways and washing their vehicles with hoses.

Last week a resident of a housing complex in the Dikbas Street complained that, on being requested to discontinue their use of a hosepipe, her elderly neighbours said, “We did not know about the water restrictions.”

The misuse of water during this drought is a criminal offence and the above and other excuses are taboo.
On Thursday Barberton Times received a copy of a letter by the Magistrate’s Court, Mpumalanga Judiciary, addressed to municipal manager, Patrick Msibi. Dated February 26, this letter focused on the issuing of fines for people not complying with the water restrictions and authorised peace officers to hand out these fines.

Each of the fines, proposed and approved, amounts to R1 500 and may be issued for the following:

• Using of irrigation systems for gardens and lawns.
• Illegal car-wash outlets.
• Illegal watering of sports facilities by schools without authorisation.
• Washing of paved areas with a hosepipe.
• Washing of cars using a hosepipe instead of a bucket.

Barberton Times requests the community to report any unauthorised use of water to Bravo-Bravo on 013-712-2222.

Anchen Coetzee

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