ALL car-wash businesses in the Kouga region are required, with immediate effect, to only use recycled water in the operation of its business.

“The stricter restrictions follow due to the severity of the ongoing drought, rapidly dwindling water resources and continued high water usage in Kouga,” said Kouga Municipal Manager, Charl du Plessis.

“It is essential that we continue to sustain our combined efforts of keeping water usage low, because that will assist us in defeating Day Zero – the day the municipality will be forced to shut off taps and residents will need to line up at water distribution points.”

The combined level of the dams (Impofu Dam and Churchill Dam) that supply water to the region – Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis – totaled just more than 10% earlier this week.

“The municipality’s law enforcement officers will closely monitor the operations of all car-wash businesses in the region to ensure that the businesses adhere to this requirement in an attempt to save water,” said Du Plessis.

“Strict penalties will be imposed on non-complying businesses.”

According to Du Plessis, the municipality sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.