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Water rationing resumes at Hankey and Patensie

01 June 2020
Water rationing has resumed at Hankey and Patensie, with the level of the Kouga Dam having dropped to 8,73% on Monday. 
"Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the water will initially be turned off for only six hours daily, from 9am to 3pm," said Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu. 
"Residents are encouraged to make provision for water to wash their hands during the shutdown hours, as good hygiene remains an important preventative measure in the fight against the coronavirus."
He said there were several ways that a 2l cold drink bottle could be used for hand-washing. 
"One of the simplest way is to cut open the bottom of the bottle. 
"Make two holes near the bottom and attach a string or a shoelace to it, so that you can hang the bottle up upside down. 
"Make sure the cap is well closed and fill the bottle. 
"Use the cap like a tap and open it a little so the water can run when you need to wash your hands."
He further encouraged residents, where possible, to make use of water from the tanks that had been installed at Hankey and Patensie. 
"A total of 33 new tanks were installed in these towns during April to make it easier for residents, especially those living in informal settlements, to access water," he said. 
"Water is being carted in from Humansdorp to fill up the tanks, as well as those that were installed in previous years. 
He said boreholes had been drilled to increase the water supply to the towns, which are both wholly dependent on the Kouga Dam for water. 
"The connection of the boreholes to the water supply was delayed because of lockdown, however, the contractor is back on site. 
"If all goes according to plan, the boreholes will be brought on line by the end of July."
He said water rationing had not yet been introduced to Kouga towns that receive water from the Churchill, Impofu and Loerie Dams. 
"The levels of these dams are, however, also dangerously low and water restrictions remain in place across the region."