Reader Shirley Cowling submitted the following ‘chart’ on how to budget your water usage. Although our water situation has not yet reached quite the same critical stage that Cape Town faces, unless we receive good rains in the coming months, there is no guarantee that we won’t be faced with even more stringent controls than those the Kouga municipality introduced this month and as published on St Francis Today on July 21.

Churchill dam, the largest dam supplying water to Nelson Mandela Bay Water from where Kouga draws its water is reported to be below 8% and even though Impofu is at 58% and Groendal at 50%, the combined levels of our supply dams are just a little above 30%. It really is time to take our water situation seriously, not only to avoid excess water charges but also to ensure we have enough water going into the holiday season.

CAPACITY 15.52% 7.97% 58.74% 24.82% 50.77%
VOLUME OF WATER 19 537 Ml  2 810 Ml 62 124 Ml   751 Ml 5 910 Ml
TOTAL 91 132 Ml

READ – Nelson Mandela Bay Dam levels


The budget below is based on Cape Town restrictions.

Water usage budget

New Water Tarrifs

Kouga water tariffs