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Water supply to Kouga interrupted, Mayor appeals to residents to cut back usage

Dec 13, 2016
Water supply to Kouga interrupted, Mayor appeals to residents to cut back usage

Water supply from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay and Humansdorp has been interrupted, Kouga Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Elza van Lingen, said on Tuesday.

The Mayor appealed to all Kouga residents and businesses to cut back water usage drastically or the taps will run dry.

“We receive the bulk of our water from the Metro through the Churchill pipeline. There is still water in our reservoirs, but we do not know how long it is going to take the Metro to sort out the matter. They are already looking for the problem so that it can be addressed as quickly as is possible,” she said.

She added that the water interruption could not have come at a worse time.

“Our towns are already filling up with visitors for the Festive Season, putting additional pressure on our reservoirs.

“We need everyone on board if we are to minimise the impact this interruption might have on our water supply. If our reservoirs run dry, it could take days for the supply to normalise.”

Water restrictions looming 

Water restrictions and the imposition of punitive tariffs will be on the agenda when the Kouga Local Municipality Council holds its last meeting for 2016 on Thursday. 

The Mayor said that the water crisis facing the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro was also having an impact on the Kouga region.

“The Metro’s taps are running dry and they have introduced punitive water restrictions. These punitive tariffs will now also apply to Kouga because we buy the bulk of our water from the Metro,” she explained.

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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.