As the dams that supply Jeffreys Bay with water start to run dry, the Kouga Municipality has been told to reduce water usage by 15 % with immediate effect.
The Kouga receives the vast majority of its water from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, who have put Kouga on terms to reduce water usage by 15 % by the end of March 2017, or face punitive tariffs that will be in effect for nearly three years.
This is how long it will take for the Nooigedacht Water Scheme to start supplying the Metro with water and will alleviate some of the pressure being placed on the dams like the Churchill and Impofu that supply the Kouga Municipality with water.
In an effort to start reducing water usage by 15 %, the Kouga Council will consider implementing water restrictions as well as punitive tariffs at the next Council meeting to be held on 15 December.
“Unless we meet the target of 15 % by March 2017, the Metro will hike the cost of water quite dramatically, which will put our residents under financial pressure,” said Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen.
“For example, a household that was using 35kl of water per month and currently paying R 354 will have to pay R 578 for the same amount of water once the punitive restrictions have been approved by Council.
If Kouga fails to cut its water usage by 15% by the end of March, the Council would have to consider upping the punitive tariffs, as set out in Part C of Kouga’s approved schedule of water charges.
Under Part C a household would have to pay R 847 for 35kl of water. That’s more than double the normal tariffs and we need to avoid this by starting to save water with immediate effect, added Van Lingen.