Posts Tagged ‘Water restrictions’

Dire water warning as festive season looms

November 9, 2017

Kouga’s water situation remains critical and residents will have to do more to save water as the drought persists and dam levels continue dropping.

This was re-emphasised by Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen.

“Our water situation has reached crisis proportions and we are at a point where we need to look after every drop.

“The holiday season is fast approaching and water consumption is expected to increase significantly as holiday-makers stream into our area. We need to share our water saving message with our visitors,” said Van Lingen.

Very little rain has fallen recently, resulting in most water sources like dams depleting fast. The levels of the main storage dams are alarmingly low, with the Kouga Dam at 13.19%, Churchill at 13.58% and Mpofu at 51%.

Water restrictions remain in place and the municipality may be forced to introduce tougher measures to curb high consumption levels and wastage.

Higher emergency tariffs were introduced in August to dissuade high water usage. Previously residents would pay R10,11 per kilolitre for usage under 12 kilolitres.

Since the introduction of the emergency tariffs, a resident would now have to pay R13.26 per kilolitre for the same usage.

Residents are encouraged to use 60 litres or less of water per person per day to help ensure longer supply, especially during the upcoming summer season.

Van Lingen said communities need to work together and remind each other of the restrictions which are:

  • No use of hosepipes, sprinklers and drip systems
  • No watering of gardens, lawns and grassed areas.
  • No washing of paved areas, walls, roofs, buildings and similar structures, vehicles or other equipment
  • No filling of swimming pools, paddling pools, fountains and ponds
  • No connection of a hosepipe or any form of irrigation system to a tap supplying water from the municipal water supply system, except for fire-fighting purposes.

Water leaks can be reported on 042 200 2200 during office hours, on 042 291 0250 or 042 200 8330 after hours or by using the Link app.

The free Link app can be downloaded at https://download.linkapp.co.za/#dl, from the Google Play or App Store.

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Water savings not enough to ward off tariff increase

February 9, 2017

KOUGA residents will have to cut back on their water usage even further over the next two months to avoid steep tariff increases.

every-drop-counts

This is the warning from Infrastructure, Planning and Development portfolio councillor Desmond Petersen following the release of the latest water consumption figures.

Petersen said the Kouga Council was pleased that the latest figures showed a decrease compared to those of the previous year but warned that the savings to date were not enough to ward off the threat of tariff increases.

“We received a mandate from the Nelson Mandela Metro, who supplies most of our water for domestic use, to decrease our usage by 15 percent, however, our savings over the past month were only 10,5 per cent.

“This means we will have to cut back our usage drastically over the next two months if we are to achieve the 15% target and avoid having to pay more for water,” he said.

Kouga’s usage of Metro water totalled 17 166kl per day for the period December 19, 2016, to January 18, 2017. In comparison the usage for the previous year, measured from December 18, 2015, to January 20, 2016, totalled 19 171kl/day.

“The figures show that residents and holiday-makers made an effort to save water. We would like to commend everybody for their efforts while pleading for more savings.

These next two months are critical as our usage will determine whether or not the water tariff has to be increased,” he said.

Water restrictions and punitive water tariffs have been in place across the Kouga region since January 1, 2017.

The Council has warned that even stricter punitive tariffs might have to be introduced if water usage is not cut by at least 15% by the end of March 2017.