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Renewed call on residents to save water

24 October 2019

With the combined levels of Kouga's supply dams having dropped to below 40%, a renewed call has gone out to residents and business to use water sparingly.

"There has been very little rain in the catchment areas these past few months," said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

"The rainfall for August was, in fact, the lowest on record for more than 100 years, once again highlighting the impact climate change is having on our weather patterns and water security." 

According to the South African Weather Services, only 3mm of rain was recorded in the Kouga and Nelson Mandela Bay area this past August. The previous record for the month was 4,7mm, recorded in 1985.

Dam levels this week stood at 17,18% for the Impofu Dam, 36,29% for the Kouga Dam, 53,11% for the Loerie Dam and 89, 45% for the Churchill Dam.

Hendricks said that water restrictions have been in place across Kouga for almost three years now. 

"The towns of Hankey and Patensie, which rely on the Kouga Dam, remain the hardest hit and only have water for a few hours each day," he said.

He said that despite the recent success with Kouga's search for groundwater, the new boreholes were still being connected to the existing water supply.

"While we expect our water augmentation projects to significantly boost the supply to all towns once they have been completed, we cannot relax efforts to save water.

"Saving water is the new normal for our region and we urge communities to continue playing their part," he concluded.