Posts Tagged ‘day zero’

Water needed for Hankey & Patensie residents

April 30, 2021

Kouga Municipality, in conjunction with the Kouga Business Forum (KBF), has embarked on a much-needed water drive to aid the drought-stricken communities of Hankey and Patensie.

“The Kouga municipal region is in the grips of a devastating drought,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks. “The towns of Hankey and Patensie have been hit the hardest as they depend completely on the Kouga Dam for potable water.”

The level of the dam dropped to below 5% this week, with no significant rainfall predicted for the catchment area over the next few months.

“The municipality and KBF have, therefore, established various drop-off points across the region for 5-liter bottled water,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks. “We would like to encourage all residents and businesses to donate a bottle of water.

“Even just a single bottle of water will help the communities of Hankey and Patensie delay Day Zero – the day when they will run out of water.”

According to Hendricks, Day Zero is set for June 1, should no significant rain fall in the catchment area very soon.

KBF Administrator, Leilani Coetsee, said, “Water is arguably the most important commodity on the planet at the moment. As important as any metal and energy are to the planet, none of them matter without water.

“Every agricultural crop that feeds the planet needs water to grow. The energy companies cannot generate fuel without it. In fact, no living being can survive without water.

“We, as the Kouga Business Forum, are pleading to every business owner to not waste water as we are in a severe drought-stricken area. Educate your employees in ways to use water sparingly. The KBF also request that each business try and donate water to this worthy cause.”

Water rationing in Hankey and Patensie

In a bid to delay Day Zero for the area, water rationing has been in effect in the towns since August 2018.

“The water is shut down for six hours per day, from 09:00 to 15:00,” said Hendricks. “Residents are encouraged to make use of water from the tanks that have been installed in the area to relieve the pressure on the dam.

“The aim is to make the supply last for as long as possible.”

According to Hendricks, he knows that it has not been easy for the affected communities. “There are households in Hankey and Patensie where very little to no tap water has been available, even during the advertised hours, because the water is extracted from the pipes faster than they can fill up when the supply is turned on.

“The usage in these towns has also been above the quota, which contributes to the shortages as the Gamtoos Irrigation Board turns off the supply once the quota has been reached.”

He urged all residents and businesses to use water only when absolutely necessary, and to use as little as possible when they do. “Please limit your usage to 50l per person per day,” he said.

More information about how we can help

The drop-off points for water are at Jeffreys Bay SuperSpar, Mentors Plaza in Jeffreys Bay, Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp SuperSpar, Village Square SuperSpar in St Francis Bay, Hankey Spar and Tolbos in Patensie.

For more information or to be part of the campaign, contact the Kouga Business Forum Administrator, Leilani Coetsee, at 084 681 3702.

For monetary donations – whether it is big or small, every drop counts – contact the Kouga Mayor’s Office at 067 108 5895 or send an email to pamayor@kouga.gov.za.

The DA has a plan to avert Day Zero in Kouga

April 24, 2020

The dams that supply Nelson Mandela Bay and Kouga Municipalities are close to empty, with very little rain expected over the next few months.

The supply dams are at 22.16% of capacity.

The Kouga dam is at 12.29%, followed by the Impofu dam (16.45%), Loerie dam (29.44%), Groendal dam (37.20%), and Churchill dam at 68.93%.

“The last 10% of water in any dam is unusable, which means that, technically, dam levels are at 12.16%

The Metro is also using 300 megalitres of water per day while the daily consumption level should be 250 megalitres, said DA Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga.

Bhanga said that since August 2018, the NMB Municipality has been aware that a barge is needed to extract what is left of the potable water in the Impofu dam.

“The barge will take five weeks to become operational but nothing has been done to make this happen.

The DA-led Kouga Municipality stand in sharp contrast with the failures of Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and has been doing excellent work in spending a R151-million drought disaster grant.

The municipality has already spent more than R108-million (71.79%) and still has R42.6-million available,” Bhanga added.

“The remaining funds have been committed to projects that were due for completion by mid-June 2020, but have now stalled due to Coronavirus lockdown regulations.”

Kouga successes:

  • Developing new boreholes at Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Patensie, and Hankey.
  • The Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works and Kruisfontein Water Treatment Works are being upgraded.
  • Ongoing interventions to improve Water Conservation and Demand Management include extensive leak repairs.
  • Through extensive communications and awareness campaigns daily water consumption has been reduced from 30 megalitres to 17 megalitres.
  • “Contractors have closed all drought project sites due to lockdown regulations. The municipality has started a process to fast track drought relief projects by recalling the contractors and facilitating the successful procurement of goods and services.”

Kouga Action Plan:

  • Urgently confirm that drought projects are essential services in order for the municipality to legally complete work in line with current legislation. The municipality will write to DWS to obtain guidance in this regard.
  • Consultants and contractors must make preparations for the re-commencement of construction work.
  • Consultants must provide the municipality with an updated project cost that reflects the anticipated impact from claims and provide possible mitigation measures.

“If we all work together we can avert this water crisis and successfully fight the Covid-19 pandemic,” Bhanga said.

Parliament agrees to multi-disciplinary meeting to deal with national water crisis

January 30, 2018

The DA welcomes the response from the Chairperson of Water and Sanitation Committee, Lulu Johnson, to our request to summon Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane to parliament.

Minister Mokonyane must brief members of parliament as well as South Africans on her department’s interventions to resolve the drought crisis facing the country.

A joint meeting has been called for next week Tuesday, 6 February 2018, between Ministers of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Finance and Water and Sanitation (DWS), Western Cape MEC and the Mayor alongside other stakeholders to come and brief Parliament of work done thus far.

This is with a view to align the respective initiatives and find sustainable solutions to the water crisis experienced by the Western Cape and other parts of the country including the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and the Free State.

Minister Mokonyane must avail herself for this important meeting as this is an important subject that is of national relevance and it must be dealt with the urgency it deserves.

This is an opportunity for Minister Mokonyane to show leadership and become part of the solution which will seek to find a consolidated plan on the way forward.

We hope this meeting will provide an opportunity to find sustainable solutions to addressing this crisis, including day zero which is facing Hankey and Patensie in March 2018.