The outflow from the Oudtshoorn Waste Water Works must comply with Water Affairs’ “General Standards”. These standards make allowance for bacteria to be present, but within certain limits. The standard also gives guidelines with regard to pH, ammoniac, dissolved salts, etc. Effluent conforming to these standards may be used for irrigation.
The effluent from the Oudtshoorn Waste Water Treatment Works is tested monthly and conforms to these standards. The effluent is made available free of charge.
It is however advisable to keep the following in mind, should you decide to irrigate your garden with the treated effluent:
The Municipality requests that not more than 2000 litres be collected per visit at the St. Saviour Street tap. Larger volumes must be collected from the tap at the Waste Water Treatment Works.
The effort to save water by using treated effluent for irrigation by the Oudtshoorn community is greatly appreciated.Last published 18 January 2019