2B Water Restrictions remain in place – Watering times revert to summer hours

George Municipality would like to remind our citizens that the council decision of February 2018  which keeps Section 2B Water Restrictions in place, remains in effect.

The Western Cape remains a drought disaster area and nationally the Department of Water Affairs has noted the severe crisis South Africa is facing in terms of water scarcity. All western cape municipalities must meet the requirements of the provincial drought  of which, most notable for us, is that all municipalities should aim to reduce water consumption by 40%, no matter their individual water status.

Section 2B water restrictions for George Municipality confirm that drinking water is precious and should only be used to sustain and support life – it is a lifestyle change that applies to everyone at all times.

However, given the summer daylight hours the one change to the restrictions are that the watering times revert back to 7pm – 9pm with immediate effect. We thank and commend those residents who diligently and consistently apply the restrictions and understand that drinking water from a tap is a privilege that needs to be respected.


  • Handheld watering of gardens using a hose and municipal water: even-numbered households Mondays and Thursdays, 7pm-9pm AND uneven-numbered households Tuesdays and Fridays, 7pm-9pm.
    • Mechanical irrigation of gardens (sprayers) using municipal water is prohibited.
  • Watering sports fields using municipal water is prohibited, except for golf course greens, bowling greens and cricket pitches, daily 7pm-9pm.
  • Filling up of swimming pools using municipal water is prohibited.
  • Washing cars with a hose using municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed), except for commercial car washes.
  • Cleaning of outside surfaces using a hosepipe with municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed).
  • “OWN WATER” signage must be displayed where applicable and must be proven on request by municipal officials.
  • Applications for exemption of some restrictions may be considered on merit.

Report water leaks and burst pipes to 044 801 9262 or after hours at 044 801 6300, as soon as you notice them.

Report contraventions of water restrictions on 0800 424 277. Fines may apply.

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