Kouga dam levels critically low

Saving water has become more critical than ever, with the combined levels of Kouga’s three main supply dams having dropped to below 20%.

The level of the Kouga Dam plummeted to 22% this week, the Impofu Dam to 17% and the Churchill Dam to 87.6%.

“These dams have a combined capacity of 266 907Ml when they are full but are currently standing at only 49 907Ml.

“This water is used by both Kouga and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which means both areas could be facing extreme water shortages in the near future,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks warned.

He said Kouga was already charging the highest level of punitive tariffs in terms of the approved municipal budget so as to encourage residents to curb their water usage.

“The municipality has also been stepping up the enforcement of water restrictions.

“While law enforcement officers have until now mainly been issuing verbal warnings to transgressors, the situation has reached a point where fines will have to be issued.”

He said transgressors could be fined R500 if caught breaking the water restrictions. Transgressions can be reported to the Kouga Call Centre on 042 2002200 or through the Link service delivery app.

“Law enforcement officers have, furthermore, also been ensuring that businesses, in particular car washes, comply with the restrictions applicable to them.”

Hendricks said forecasts by the South African Weather Services looked grim, with a drier than normal period expected up until May.

“While Kouga also makes use of groundwater and more boreholes are set to be connected to the supply this year, the situation is dire.

“All residents and businesses are urged to use water only when absolutely necessary and to use as little as possible when they do,” he said.

Residents are reminded that the current water restrictions prohibit the connection of a hose pipe or an irrigation system to taps supplying water from the municipal system.

Pools, ponds and fountains may not be filled or topped up with municipal water.

Washing paved areas, roofs, walls and similar structures with municipal water is also not allowed.

Residents are further encouraged to save their bath or shower water and to use this to flush their toilets.

“Every one of us has a role to play in preventing Kouga’s taps from running dry. Think twice before you use water and make each drop count,” Hendricks said.

Sadly Nelson Mandela Bay has changed their website and it is impossible to find the graphic representation of the dam levels so we are unable to bring you te dam level comparisons as we usually do. No doubt someone is paid huge money for designing and maintaining the website but it truly is a rather abysmal attempt.

National Household Travel Survey comes to Kouga

A number of Kouga households will be approached over the next two months to participate in the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS).

NHTS 2020

Nopinky Ndunyana, a field worker for Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), will be visiting homes in the Kouga region to collect information from local residents about how and why they travel.

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman said Stats SA was conducting the survey on behalf of the national Department of Transport.

“The aim is to understand the transport needs and behaviour of citizens, so that South Africa’s current policies and programmes can be updated to address any challenges there may be,” he said.

He said the survey would look at people’s travel patterns, education and work-related travel, business trips, general household information and people’s attitudes towards and perception of transport, including cost and ease of access.

Any information provided, is confidential and protected under the Statistics Act of 1999.

According to Stats SA, field workers will be collecting information from 65 000 homes across the country.

“This is the third survey of its kind,” Bornman said. “The results are expected to be released in October 2020 during Transport Month.”

He said field workers would be using a digital device, loaded with the questionnaire, to capture the information.

“Stats SA has further assured us that they have taken every precaution to make their field workers easy to identify.

“They will be wearing Stats SA branded clothing and will carry an identicard with their photograph, name and ID number.”

Should further verification be required, Ms Ndunyana’s supervisor, Obed Shigadhla, can be contacted on 082 888 2253 or ObedS@statssa.gov.za.

For more information on the survey, visit http://nhts.statssa.gov.za/