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The level of the Kouga Dam has dropped to below 7%. It has, therefore, become necessary to implement water rationing in the towns of Hankey and Patensie. From Monday, 6 August, the towns will only have water for a few hours a day. See the full schedule here.

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Should you wish to report a service fault, please contact the Kouga Call Centre on 042 200 2200. The call centre is open seven days a week from 7:30am to 7pm. Outside these hours faults can be reported at 042 291 0250 or 042 200 8330. Alternatively, click here to download the Link app for easy fault reporting.

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Last modified: 13 Nov 2017
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Kouga strikes potential new water at Oyster Bay

09 November 2017

Kouga Municipality struck potential new water at Oyster Bay last week as its plan to secure additional supply sources for the region gained momentum.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality had appointed service provider Aurecon to drill for water at Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Oyster Bay, Hankey and Patensie.  

“Our aim is to establish18 new boreholes for the region, but the final number will depend on how deep we need to go before we strike water,” she explained.     

Van Lingen said Oyster Bay had been prioritised for the first borehole as the town’s water supply levels were the most critical. Once a borehole has been established there, the operation will move on to Jeffreys Bay.

“We were very excited when the water started flowing at Oyster Bay. The water does, however, first need to be tested to determine its quality and the potential yield. We expect the final results during the course of the week,” she said.    

The Mayor said should this borehole prove viable, it would be as good as if the municipality had struck gold.  

“The beauty of the location is that, depending on the final test results, we should be able to pump the water straight into the reservoir for distribution to households in the Oyster Bay area.”

She said possible sites have also been identified at Jeffreys Bay, including two boreholes no longer in use that could potentially be rehabilitated.

A potential new well field has further been identified for Humansdorp while a big fault line at Hankey and Patensie would be explored for water.

The Mayor said the municipality would also be working closely with the Department of Water and Sanitation regarding the sinking of boreholes by private individuals.

“We have had reports of boreholes being sunk for commercial or irrigation purposes without the required process being followed. This could impact negatively on the water supply to the remainder of Kouga’s residents if it is not regulated properly.”

She cautioned that despite additional boreholes being drilled, water restrictions remained firmly in place.

“We still have a long way to go and forecasts indicate that the drought is far from over.

“We are very grateful to all residents and businesses who have taken the ‘save water’ message to heart and would like to appeal to everyone to continue treating this precious resource with the respect it deserves.”