Are you making an effort to save water and if so, HOW?

The Kouga save water campaign should be taken seriously! Cape Town’s water crisis has seen it recently declared a disaster and although the Nelson Mandela Bay water system from which Kouga draws its water is not quite as serious as in the Western Cape, the chart at the bottom of this post does not bode well if the falling levels continue at the same rate as in the past year.

According to the Department of Water & Sanitation the Algoa Water Supply System is at 39.6% compared to 78.2% at this time of the year in 2016. These dams include: Impofu – 65.7%, Kouga – 23%, Loerie – 44.8% and Groendal – 56.2%

Our largest dam, Kouga has seen the most significant decrease falling from around 70% a year ago to just 21% this month. Kouga dam is our main water source and it really is not that far off Western Cape levels so YES the situation is serious.

Impofu Dam - Nelson Mandela Bay water system

It really is up to us, every man, woman and child to take the threat of water shortages seriously and to do everything possible to conserve water. Consider life with an allocation of 100 litres a day, ask anyone in Cape Town how life changing this has become.

Several readers have called and e-mailed St Francis Today and drawn attention to unoccupied houses using sprinkler systems to water their gardens.  Domestic help has been spotted washing down windows and even washing cars with hose pipes. This truly is both irresponsible and inconsiderate and it is up to each of us to educate our staff as to just how serious the situation is.

Some homes could be using borehole or well water to keep their lawns green and their flowers blooming but there are those who are using precious drinking water and these have to be stopped. Home owners who do not reside in St Francis and only visit the area at weekends or over the holidays should be encouraged to maybe torn off their water mains when not is residence for even a leaking tap left for several months can use a significant amount of water. Lawns wil survive without regular watering and the odd shower that we are sure to experience in the coming months is certainly enough to sustain and keep them green.

How are you saving water?

Please share your water saving ideas in the COMMENTS below. Every drop does count!

Algoa River System State of Dams on 2017-05-29

# Means latest available data
FSC is full storage capacity in million cubic meters
Dam River Photo Indicators FSC This Week Last Week Last Year
Groendal Dam Swartkops River Photo Indicators 11.7 55.1 55.9 84.1
Impofu Dam Krom River Photo Indicators 105.8 64.4 64.9 86.9
Kouga Dam Kouga River Photo Indicators 126.0 21.1 22.1 69.6
Kromrivier Dam Krom River Photo Indicators 35.3 12.9 13.5 72.6
Loerie Dam Loeriespruit River Photo Indicators 3.1 54.8 47.1 41.8
Total 281.6 38.1 38.8 76.8


Need your car washed?

Rather than having your car washed at home with a hose, the car wash behind the second hand store on Assisi Drive, next to the petrol station is good alternative. They do a great cleaning job, inside and out and save you both water and electricity. They charge just R110 which considering how thorough they are, it is a good deal.