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Water shedding looms for Oyster Bay as residents fail to cut back on water usage

Dec 19, 2016
Water shedding looms for Oyster Bay as residents fail to cut back on water usage

The Kouga Local Municipality on Sunday threatened to impose water shedding to Oyster Bay after residents apparently failed to heed calls to cut back on water usage.

According to the municipality, the Water supply in Oyster Bay is not improving "as residents are not co operating in an effort to reduce water useage".

"We are filling two 18000 litre trucks with water for delivery to Oyster Bay. It takes about 45min to fill one truck," the municipality said.

"Travel and offload will be monitored to estimate progress.

"We intent to do 4 loads per truck today.

"If the situation does not improve we will have to implement water shedding."

On Thursday, the Kouga Local Municipality approved the immediate imposition of water restrictions across the Kouga region. Punitive tariffs are to be implemented from 1 January 2017. 

Affected towns include Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Oyster Bay, Patensie, Hankey, Loerie and Thornhill.

Before this new measure, Kouga Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Elza van Lingen, had on Tuesday appealed to local residents to cut back on usage.

In November, the Kouga Local Municipality Mayor said she was shocked when the municipality was slapped with a R46 million water bill from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Kouga gets its water from the Nelson Mandela Bay despite the latter's dams being in the Kouga area.