We have had a considerable number of new borehole water connection applications in the last few weeks, understandably in light of the impending water shortages. Below is the connection list, roughly in the order in which you will be connected.
This list is based firstly on date of original application (some residents have been waiting over a year while the connections were put on hold), and then based on if the property falls in a ‘batch’ where it would make practical sense to connect several adjacent properties in terms of logistics.
The contractor can connect between 2 and 8 properties per day, depending on where these are situated, the complexity of the connections, whether we need to do road crossings or not, and where the existing borehole water lines run. We are also in the hands of the suppliers as we are waiting for back orders of parts to even begin these connections, so cannot start yet, but will as soon as we have the necessary equipment and parts. We have tried to be as fair and equitable as possible on these new connections so please be patient, as we are working as quickly as possible.
IMPORTANTLY, once we have provided the connection to the meter to your boundary, it is your responsibility to then have a plumber or irrigation specialist complete the connection to your property. It is your choice whether you connect the supply to your home, for use inside your house, but every connection will have to be inspected and signed off by Estate Management. It is extremely important that this connection is done correctly or you may compromise the entire system. The required connection is found here: http://www.stonehurstpost.co.za/water101/
MOST IMPORTANTLY – whether you will be using the water for irrigation (which we discourage), or use within your home, the current ‘cap’ is 15kl of borehole water per month per household. That is 15 000 litres per month, 500 litres per day for the house, irrespective of how many people live there.
The Trustees will have no choice but to impose strict controls and penalties on residents who over use the water, as this prejudices all users, and risks the integrity of the system if we have to keep closing it down to keep up with demand. If usage is kept below the cap, the system will deliver consistent supply and will not have to be turned off, which will help keep it stable, reduce the air ingress into the system and ensure it can be kept running throughout the day and night.