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DROUGHT PROJECTS TO SECURE ADDITIONAL WATER

23 June 2022

KOUGA Municipality expressed its gratitude to all residents who were at the forefront of the call to save water, but there are still drought-stricken Kouga residents who do not realise how scarce the region's water resources are.

To make matters worse, recent hot and windy weather has led to a further decrease in dam levels over the past week alone.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said, “Water consumption remains too high across the region.

“All residents are urged to reduce their water use with immediate effect.”

According to him, residents of Kouga’s coastal towns currently use on average 15.5Ml of water per day, of which an average of 9.1Ml per day are from the Churchill Dam and 6.4Ml from the municipality’s resources – this is more than triple the ideal average water consumption of 4Ml per day.

“We appeal to all residents to save water and help us beat the drought. Your help is vital, and we need you to come on board with the municipality.”

Drought mitigation projects

Hendricks said, “We need to do more to bring our usage down, while at the same time pulling out all the stops to ensure that we implement various projects for additional water supply and to minimise water losses.”

Projects include the connection of additional boreholes to the existing water treatment works – five in Jeffreys Bay, four in Humansdorp, three in Hankey, two in Loerie, and two in Thornhill.

“The investigation, drilling and connection of additional groundwater sources are also in progress,” said Hendricks. “Additional projects include bulk electrical connection to boreholes and the construction of a water pipeline from KwaNomzamo West to KwaNomzamo East to ensure that residents in that area have a more reliable source of water.”

“The municipality will, furthermore, put measures in place to purify water of existing boreholes – this will provide up to 8Ml of water per day.

How residents can help

Kouga residents and businesses are invited to join hands with Kouga Municipality and become actively involved in their drought mitigation strategies – alleviating the impact of the prolonged drought.

Whether it is of your time, skills, items, or bottled water – all support is welcome.

“Together we can beat this drought,” said Hendricks.

For more information, contact Anene Jonck, Manager of the Office of Kouga Executive Mayor and Speaker, at 073 414 3124. Alternatively, send an email to ajonck@kouga.gov.za.