Constantia man ordered to stop illegal water-selling operation or face charges

A Constantia man has been instructed to stop the illegal sale of water from a mountain stream near his property.

Paul Baise received a directive from the Department of Water and Sanitation's enforcement unit, known as the "Blue Scorpions".

Baise and only two other properties along Rhodes Drive, Constantia, are legally allowed use water from the stream.

However, his commercial operation - selling the stream water by the truckload - contravenes the National Water Act.

The department's Sputnik Ratau says officials were tipped off by several neighbouring residents who had complained.

It seemed like this activity had been going on for a while and created some havoc in the area.

Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson - Department of Water and Sanitation

The National Water Act is quite clear that if you're going to use groundwater on the property on which it is found, it is meant only for that property.

Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson - Department of Water and Sanitation

He explains that it is illegal for the man to commercially trade with groundwater without a water-use licence or permit from local government.

Ratau says the enforcement unit will follow-up with the Constantia resident to ensure that he complies with the directive.

Should Baise fail to comply, Ratau says he could face criminal charges.

Listen to the case in detail on The Pippa Hudson Show:


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