Stellenbosch Umasipala

Due to the excessive heat during this time of the year a very high demand regarding the availability of water in Franschhoek is experienced.

While water supply should remain available, poor pressure will be experienced in certain areas. Availability may therefore be limited at times.

You are kindly reminded that the attached water conservation measures are still applicable throughout the area. It is therefore imperative that the community applies the water conservation measures.

Non adherence to the request to conserve water, will necessitate the Municipality to prohibit all irrigation activities.

You are therefore kindly requested to limit all irrigation activities and watering of gardens to an absolute minimum and to adhere the attached conservation measures.

Any enquiries can be directed to 021 808 8209.

Thank you for you co-operation.


1. The use of potable water distributed by Council used for watering gardens, lawns, parks and public open spaces is restricted as follows:

Watering of gardens, etc. may take place between 05:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 22:00 on alternative days.

• Gardens at houses with odd street numbers may be watered on odd calendar days.

• Gardens at houses with even street numbers may be watered on even calendar days.

• No gardens may be watered on two consecutive days.

2. The use of potable water distributed by Council used for watering gardens, lawns, parks and public open spaces is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00 and 22:00 and 05:00.

3. The use of hosepipes connected directly or indirectly to Council’s distribution system for the purpose of washing or rinsing motor vehicles, motor cycles or motor boats, movable or immovable structures, paths, pavements and paved areas (regardless of the nature of the material used for paving such areas), is prohibited.

4. All automatic-flushing urinals shall be turned off in all buildings during times when such buildings are normally vacated by the public and/or staff other than cleaning staff. Attention is also drawn to Provincial Gazette Extraordinary Number 5014 (1996) which prohibits the use of automatic flushing urinals.

5. The restrictions referred to in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 only, shall not apply:

a) For the purpose of watering plants in nurseries that are conducted as a business, nurseries owned by the Council or State, collections maintained for research purposes, dune rehabilitation projects, cricket pitches, bowling greens, golf greens, croquet lawns, artificial turf fields and major sports stadia. The use of boreholes must be utilized as much as possible.

b) For the washing of certain paved areas at abattoirs, premises used for the processing of foods and to car valet services;

c) Where special exemptions have been granted in writing by Stellenbosch Municipality; and

d) Where other sources of non-potable water are used and a notice indicating the source is erected in a position clearly visible from a public thoroughfare e.g “Borehole Water Used”.