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Tariff increase looms as water usage soars

22 December 2016

Water usage at Kouga’s holiday towns has increased by up to 26% compared to 2015 despite warnings by the local Council that failure to reduce usage could lead to a steep increase in tariffs.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said preliminary readings indicated that water usage at Jeffreys Bay, including Paradise Beach, had increased from 193 370kl for the period 20 November to 18 December 2015 to 237 200kl for the period 18 November to 19 December 2016. This is an increase of 11%.

Readings for St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis increased by 26% from 104 700kl to 145 620kl.

The Mayor said the Council was very concerned about the trend as Kouga had received a mandate from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to cut water usage by 15% before the end of March 2017 or face paying punitive tariffs.

Kouga receives the bulk of its water for domestic use from the Metro.

“As it stands, the Council has already been forced to take a decision to implement punitive tariffs from January 2017. If we do not achieve the 15% reduction, we will have to start charging residents even steeper tariffs from April 2017,” she said.

“For example, a household that uses 35kl of water per month and pays R354 will, from January, have to pay R578 for the same amount of water,” she said.

“If we don’t achieve the 15% cut and are forced to introduce even steeper tariffs, that same amount of water will cost R847. That’s more than double the normal tariffs.

“It is, therefore, of vital importance for the financial well-being of all our residents that we all work together and reduce water usage immediately.”

* Kouga Municipality has further issued a warning that Hankey could be left without water by the weekend if usage is not reduced drastically. The affected areas include Centerton, Rosedale, Phillipsville and Extension 4. There are also concerns about upper Wavecrest at Jeffreys Bay, with more visitors expected to arrive for the weekend and the demand already threatening to outstrip the supply. The municipality is also still trucking in water to Oyster Bay as a precautionary measure although the reservoir level has stabilised.