Daily water usage

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


Another Chokka boat tragedy

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated early Sunday morning following a request for assistance from the Chokka boat Silver Explorer reporting an adult male crew member onboard suffering a seizure.

Silver Explorer headed for Port of St Francis from Kabeljous to rendezvous with the NSRI  sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II but on arrival at the rendezvous point, the Chokka boat skipper confirmed that his crew member sadly passed away. NSRI medics boarded the Silver Explorer and sadly confirmed the fisherman was deceased.

Silver Explorer continued into Port where they were met by the SA Police Services and the body of the deceased fisherman was taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. SA Police Services have confirmed to the NSRI that an inquest docket will not be opened following the passing away of a fisherman.

SA Police Services have confirmed to the NSRI that an inquest docket will not be opened as the fisherman died of natural causes after suffering a seizure.

Sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues of the fisherman.