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Kouga residents once again can get rid of their unwanted items and goods they have at home that cannot be put out for standard refuse collection.
“The project dubbed ‘Coca-Maak Skoon’ – which is the isiXhosa and Afrikaans words for cleaning up – forms part of the ongoing Keep Kouga Clean Campaign that kicked-off on October 31 and will come to an end on November 25,” said Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson.
This after the very successful secondCoca-Maak Skoon initiative at the beginning of the year.
According to Benson, items and goods include electronic waste and even old furniture.
“The only things that are excluded are food – as we do not want to attract scavengers – as well as garden refuse and builders’ rubble,” he said. “Old food should be put out in wheelie bins on the days usually reserved for refuse collection, while all garden refuse and builders’ rubble must be taken to the respective landfill sites.
“We urge that residents only take out materials on the day advertised for collection in their area. Once the truck has moved away from a specific area, do not put anything on the pavement.”
Benson said the campaign started off in the Gamtoos Valley on Monday, October 31. This will be followed by Humansdorp, the Greater St Francis Area, and Jeffreys Bay.
The programme is as follows:
Gamtoos Valley – 3 to 4 November
Humansdorp – 7 – 11 November
Monday: Kruisfontein and Donkerhoek
Tuesday: Maak `n Las, Gill Marcus, Vaaldam, Mooi Uitsig, and Johnsons Ridge
Wednesday: Arcadia, Graslaagte, Mat Melville, and Moerasrivier
Thursday: KwaNomzamo, Vergenoeg, Golf Course, Shukushukuma, and Polar Park
Friday: Humansdorp Town, Boskloof and Panorama
The Greater St Francis – 14 to 18 November
Tuesday: St Francis Bay
Wednesday: Cape St Francis and Sea Vista
Thursday: Oyster Bay
Jeffreys Bay – 21 to 25 November
Monday: Paradise Beach and Aston Bay
Tuesday: Pellsrus, Ocean View, Madiba Bay, and Tokyo Sexwale
Wednesday: C-Place, The Sands, and JBay Central
Thursday: Upper Wavecrest
Friday: Lower Wavecrest and Kabejauws
KOUGA LAUNCHES SMART LEAK DETECTION TECHNOLOGY
Prevents millions of litres of water loss
SWEEPING Kouga’s water pipes with an acoustic listening device to detect ‘invisible’ leaks has prevented the loss of about 420 000 litres of water per day since September this year.
This at a crucial time for water supply in the drought-stricken region.
The Aqua AM300 Measuring Device (acoustic listening device) is just one element of the state-of-the-art leak detection vehicle that was officially launched by Kouga Municipality in Jeffreys Bay today (09 November 2022) – equipping the municipality with much-needed resources to swiftly detect and respond to leaks.
Leak Detection Vehicle
“The leak detection vehicle was procured through a NAKOPA Partnership Project between Kouga Municipality and Ilsfeld Municipality in Germany,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.
“The project is funded with more than 200 000 Euro through the German Competence Centre for Local Development Cooperation (SKEW) over a period of three years.”
Hendricks said the project, spearheaded by the Kouga Leak Detection Unit established in May this year, is a key part of the effort to minimise water lost to leaks and non-revenue water of almost 50% across the region.
Apart from the acoustic leak detection, which involves listening for signs of a leak by tapping a stick microphone to a meter or pipe connection – the vehicle is also equipped with a Lokal 100 Correlator (accumulator and PC with two measuring boxes and other attachments that are to be utilized for establishing where in the pipeline the source of the leak is most likely to be situated).
Other equipment used includes a pipe mic – used to detect and locate leakages within a drinking water pipe network.
“It also has the functionality to detect an underground pipe and a very sensitive microphone that is connected to the tip of the device,” said Hendricks.
“To date the Leak Detection Unit has identified and repaired three major water leaks with a combined estimated value of close to R1.3 million in water lost taken over a conservative timeframe of just one year,” said Hendricks.
“The leaks were situated at Platkroon Avenue, Pink Oak Crescent, and Silver Tree Road in Jeffreys Bay.”
Five district metered zones have, furthermore been established: Ocean View, Pellsrus, Aston Bay, St Francis Bay, and Sea Vista.
“Minimum night flows and trends are recorded to identify any anomalies,” said Hendricks. “Visual leak detection exercises, water meter audits, and acoustic detection on meters are also being conducted.
The Leak Detection Unit has embarked on a storm water tracking exercise over the past weeks.
“This entails walking the trail of all stormwater drainage from the outflow points at the lower elevations to the upper elevations,” said Hendricks. “Once flowing water is found in the drains, it is tested for chlorine.
“If chlorine is detected, which indicates the presence of potable water, the source of the leak is investigated and repaired.”
SOME much-needed R57.4 million will be streaming into Kouga’s coffers over the next few weeks to help the municipality secure crucial additional water for the drought-stricken region.
The funding application for drought-relief, submitted by Kouga Municipality has been approved by the Department of Water and Sanitation in September this year.
Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the funds will be used for the development and equipping of boreholes across the region, as well as to construct four water purifying plants.
Of which one is already in operation.
“The first plant has been constructed at the Humansdorp Water Treatment Works – significantly improving the quality of the borehole water, removing iron and manganese through a chemical process that utilize activated oxygen,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.
“The plant has the capacity to add 6Ml of additional borehole water to the existing reservoirs. An additional 25% to 30% of water capacity is already added to the Humansdorp water supply.
“The second plant is being constructed at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works and is set to be completed by the end of October this year. Once completed it will add an additional 4Ml of water to the existing reservoir – approximately 50% of water used by residents daily.”
Two more plants are planned for Hankey (between 2Ml/day and 6Ml per day) and St Francis Bay (between 2Ml/day and 6Ml per day).
According to Hendricks, funds secured will, furthermore, be used for the equipping of existing boreholes in Humansdorp and west of Hankey, as well as for the development of new boreholes in Humansdorp (two) and Hankey (three).
“The exploration, equipping of new boreholes and connection to the existing water treatment network is also high on the priority lists for St Francis Bay. Exploration work, drilling, and testing of preferred boreholes are planned for Thornhill and Loerieheuwel.”
A geohydrologist will be appointed for a period of three years to manage the boreholes, ensuring the protection of the aquifer and compliance with the requirements of the Department of Water and Sanitation.
Hendricks urged that residents must continue to reduce their water consumption.
“It is important that all residents reduce their water usage to a maximum of 25l per person per day in a bid to avoid taps from running dry,” he said.
“Thank you to all residents who are saving water, we really appreciate it.”