At the the Kouga Council on Thursday the IMMEDIATE imposition of water restrictions across the Kouga region was approved with punitive tariffs to be implemented from 1 January 2017.
According to Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen, the following activities are prohibited under the restrictions:
- The use of hosepipes, sprinklers and drip systems
- The watering of gardens, lawns and grassed areas.
- The washing of paved areas, walls, roofs, buildings and similar structures, vehicles or other equipment
- The filling of swimming pools, paddling pools, fountains and ponds
- The connection of a hosepipe or any form of irrigation system to a tap supplying water from the municipal water supply system, except for fire-fighting purposes.
Kouga Municipality receives the bulk of its water for domestic usage from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro thus the decision to impose water restrictions and punitive tariffs follows on a mandate received by Kouga from NMB Metro that water usage needs to be cut back by 15%.
Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen urges residents and holiday-makers to reduce water consumption with immediate effect
Due to falling levels in the dams supplying Kouga with water, all the towns in Kouga need to reduce water usage to ensure a continual supply throughout December. In particular water supply in upper Wavecrest, Jeffreys Bay, is under severe pressure due to over consumption.