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Published: 03 Jul 2019Title: GEORGE MUNICIPALITY WATER UPDATE: 3 JULY 2019Status: Garden Route Dam Level: 72.59% Please note the dam level is currently being managed to facilitate construction to raise the spillway of the Garden Route Dam. Once completed, the heightened dam wall will increase its storage capacity by 25%. Construction is expected to be completed next year.
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22 August 2017

Buses 'bath' only once a week now

With dam levels still dropping and the George Municipality's serious call for residents to save water, GO GEORGE also went to the boardroom to decide how the bus service can reduce its water consumption.

At the bus depot, George Link instituted several measures to save water. After the first water restrictions had been announced, the George Link board of directors in conjunction with the George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN) management decided to wash the buses only every other day instead of daily. Since the restrictions were upgraded to an even stricter level, the buses are now being washed only once a week.

"Everybody knows how proud we are of the sparkling clean blue and green fleet, but with 91 buses that need to be washed, we know that the downscaling of the washing schedule can make a huge contribution and will have an effect," says James Robb, GIPTN Manager. "We are truly proud of George Link's efforts. They have now also installed 10 water tanks of 10 000 litres each. These are linked to the depot's toilet facilities as its only water source. If you keep in mind that George Link has 272 employees –although not all on the premises at the same time – this is a huge contribution to save municipal water." 

Caption:A daily shower is something of the past for the GO GEORGE buses that are being washed only once a week now, and with the minimum water. From the left are Aiden Arends, Lee-Ann Lucas and Shane de Reuck who make sure that the bus under hand will indeed shine from top to toe after its weekly wash.  

Busse 'bad' nou net een keer per week

Met damvlakke wat steeds daal en ter ondersteuning van die George-munisipaliteit se ernstige beroep op inwoners om water te spaar, is GO GEORGE ook raadstafel toe om te besluit hoe die busdiens sy waterverbruik kan verminder.

By die busdepot het George Link verskeie maatreëls in plek gestel om water te spaar. Nadat die eerste vlak waterbeperkings ingestel is, het die George Link-direksie in samewerking met die bestuur van die George Geïntegreerde Openbare Vervoernetwerk (GIPTN) besluit om die busse slegs elke tweede dag te was pleks van daagliks. Met die verdere verskerping van die waterbeperkings, word die busse nou net een keer per week gewas.

"Almal weet hoe trots ons is op die blinkskoon blou en groen vloot, maar met 91 busse wat gewas moet word, weet ons dat die afskaling van die wasskedule ’n groot bydrae kan lewer en ’n verskil sal maak," sê James Rob, GIPTN-bestuurder. "Ons is regtig trots op die pogings wat George Link aanwend. Hulle het ook 10 watertenks van 10 000 liter elk geïnstalleer. Water vir die depot se toiletgeriewe kom nou slegs van die opgaartenks af. As jy in gedagte hou dat George Link 272 werknemers het – hoewel almal nie terselfdertyd op die perseel nie – is hierdie ’n groot bydrae om munisipale water te spaar."

Onderskrif:’n Daaglikse stort is vir eers iets van die verlede vir die GO GEORGE-busse wat nou net een keer per week gewas word, met die minimum water. Van links is Aiden Arends, Lee-Ann Lucas en Shane de Reuck wat seker maak dat die bus onder hande weliswaar van kop tot tone blink as hulle met sy weeklikse was klaar is.

 

Last published 22 August 2017