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Remember to pack water if you're heading for Kouga

13 December 2017

If you are heading for Jeffreys Bay, St Francis or Oyster Bay this festive season, please remember to bring along as much drinking water as you can.

This is the appeal from Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen as the popular coastal towns in the Eastern Cape prepare for an influx of holiday-makers from the interior.

The Kouga region is in the grips of a devastating drought and was declared a disaster area in May this year due to looming water shortages. Dam levels this week stood at 11,95% (Kouga), 20,6% (Churchill) and 47,61% (Mpofu).

Mayor Van Lingen said the demand on the area’s water supply was expected to increase significantly over the festive season.

“We’d like to appeal to all holiday-makers heading this way to bring along a 5 litre bottle of drinking water or more. It may not sound like a lot, but water supply levels are critical and every drop counts.

“If everyone packs a bottle, it will go a long way towards easing the pressure on the water supply as a whole.”

She said the municipality was drilling exploratory boreholes as part of its action plan to mitigate the impact of the drought, however, these were only expected to be completed in the new year.