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Dams are running out of water in Kouga

November 6, 2019

The Department of Water and Sanitation, in partnership with Eastern Cape Provincial Government and municipalities in the province, is working to solve water challenges experienced in some parts of the province, it said on Friday.

“To this end, a Joint Operation Committee is traversing the province in an effort to come with effective solutions and roll out activities to avert any possibility of taps running dry in the drought stricken areas,” said Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau.

According to a weekly report released by the Department, the combined provincial water storage has taken a staggering decline from 64.6% at the same period last year to 50.7% this week.

“This is a sign that water conservation efforts need to be doubled up and water use efficiency needs to be a way of life,” Ratau said.

He said that lack of rain has affected major dams serving Nelson Mandela Metro and the Kouga Municipality.

Kouga Dam dropped this week to 35.3%, from 36.3% last week, Groendal Dam declined to 41.9% this week from 43.2% last week, and Impofu Dam declined to 16.8% this week, from 17.1% last week.

 

Kouga rolls out rainwater harvesting in the Gamtoos Valley

March 31, 2018

Rainwater harvesting is being rolled out to the Gamtoos Valley as part of Kouga Municipality’s ongoing efforts to achieve water security for its towns.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said a total of R 770 000 was approved on the 2017/2018 adjustments budget to purchase and install rainwater tanks.

“Our first focus will be the towns of Hankey and Patensie, which are in the most immediate danger of running out of water,” she said. “Both towns depend on the Kouga Dam for water and the dam level has fallen to 11,55% this week.”

She said rainwater tanks would be installed at municipal buildings and other strategic locations at a cost of R 500 000 while the remaining R 270 000 would be used to install rainwater tanks at the homes of elderly and disabled residents.

“Our target is to install at least 40 rainwater tanks at the homes of vulnerable residents with this allocation.”

She said rainwater harvesting was also one of the programmes Kouga would be working on jointly with the German municipality Ilsfeld.

“Our proposal to Ilsfeld was for the installation of 750 tanks, gutters and plinths at Patensie and 1 100 at Hankey. The initial cost estimate for this is about R15-million.”

The Mayor said while the municipality would continue drilling for water at Hankey, the target aquifer is located very deep.

“We will need to use different drilling methods which cost far more and for which funding needs to be sourced.”

She said Council already had to reprioritise its annual budget to make funds available for the implementation of drought-relief mea-sures.

“Money for the upgrading of roads was just about cut in half – from R1,15 million to R650 000 – in October last year.

“We also had to reallocate the R2,5-million that was initially approved for the replacement of the water tower at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works and a further R2-million that had been set aside for an electrical transformer.”

She said further reallocations also had to be made during the adjustments budget process in February.

“The drought is a tremendous threat to all of Kouga’s people. We would like to thank residents for their efforts to save water and urge everyone to continue using water very sparingly.”