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Dam levels drop below 20%

13 January 2021

Kouga residents and visitors are urged to use water extremely sparingly, with the combined levels of the supply dams in the region having dropped to below 20%.

The communities of Hankey and Patensie are further reminded that water rationing will recommence in both towns from Thursday, 14 January, after it was suspended temporarily for the festive season.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the combined levels of the dams that supply water to the region and Nelson Mandela Bay totalled 19,2% on 11 January.

The two biggest dams, Kouga and Impofu, stood at 9,11% and 17,72% respectively. The Churchill dam was at 55,48% and the small Loerie balancing dam at 72,14%.

Hendricks said extra boreholes had been brought online in Jeffreys Bay and Patensie during 2021 and that water augmentation projects at Hankey, Humansdorp and St Francis were also nearing completion.

“There have been some challenges with the pipes that connect the newly-drilled boreholes to the Hankey Water Treatment Works, but the municipality has been working closely with the service provider to ensure a speedy resolution,” he said.

He confirmed that water rationing would recommence in Hankey and Patensie this week.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the water will be turned off daily for only six hours, from 9am to 3pm. Water restrictions and punitive tariffs also remain in place across the Kouga region,” he said.

Residents are reminded that the use of hosepipes connected to the municipal water supply is prohibited in terms of the restrictions. Swimming and splash pools, as well as ponds, may also not be filled with municipal water.