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Last modified: 16 Jun 2017
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Annual dry period for Hankey and Patensie

08 June 2017
Hankey receives water for domestic use from the Gamtoos irrigation scheme.

Hankey receives water for domestic use from the Gamtoos irrigation scheme.

Hankey and Patensie residents are advised that the annual “dry period” for the towns has been set for Saturday, 17 June, to Sunday, 2 July, this year.

The “dry period” takes place annually when the Gamtoos Irrigation Board closes off the irrigation canals for maintenance.

Kouga Infrastructure, Planning & Development Portfolio Councillor Desmond Petersen said the towns of Hankey and Patensie received water for domestic use from the Gamtoos irrigation scheme.

“As a result, their annual maintenance period impacts on the availability of domestic water to households and businesses,” he explained.

He said that water restrictions were already in place due to the ongoing drought but cautioned that adherence to the restrictions would be more important than ever during the dry period.

“We ask that residents and businesses make an extra effort to save water over this period, from midnight on 16 June to midnight on 3 July.

“Under normal rainfall conditions, water is abstracted from the Klein River and pumped to the water treatment works. This is the only alternative water source for these towns.

“Due to the abnormally low rainfall, the flow in the river is low and the water quality is extremely poor.

“We would, therefore, like to avoid making use of this water and will instead be delivering water to affected communities,” he said.

Further details of the water restrictions will be published in due course.