Owing to the significant fall in the dam levels supplying Kouga authorities have no option but to introduce new water restrictions in the Kouga region as from Monday 5th April. Levels are certain to fall further during the long weekend owing to increased usage by holiday makers..

Unfortunately the 50 litre per day limit is being ignored by many and there exists a reality that water supply will run out before the spring rains. Some rain is expected this weekend but it seems unlikely  that there will be substantial falls in the catchment areas.

The new restrictions will unfortunately require that water supply will be restricted during certain hours of the day in much the same way as Load Shedding. Water  will be made available between 05:00 to 08:00 in the morning and then again from 16:00 until 20:00 but all water supply will be suspended between the hours of 22:00 in the evening until 05:00 the next morning.

In addition each of the towns of Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and St Francis Bay (including Cape St Francis) will be subjected to Water Shedding as per the schedule below. Hankey & Patensie are excluded.


Willem van Kraan of the water authority apologized for the inconvenience the suspension will cause but stated it is simply unavoidable as there has been little effort by residents to save water in spite of many pleas by the Mayor.  He did say however that should residents start showing commitment to saving water and making a real effort, Water Shedding could be lifted sooner rather than later.

A light at the end of the tunnel is that should the proposed Nooitgedacht Scheme, bringing water from the Gariep Dam be completed as scheduled later this year would alleviate the pressure on Nelson Mandela Bay water requirements. Itt is imposrtant to note that St Francis receives its water feom Impofu which is presently at a level of just

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So it is after midday and so we reveal that yes this was an April Fool’s story. If it caught you  click on the link just above this sentence.

The purpose of the story was intended to highlight the dire need to save water not only in St Francis but indeed the entire Kouga and NMB affected by the falling dam levels

Kouga Dam Levels