Low rainfall, high usage threaten sustainability of water sources

Dams from which Kouga and Nelson Mandela Bay draw water may run dry within 18 months if steps are not taken to decrease usage and increase supply.

The churchill dam

This was the warning issued by Kouga Executive Mayor Booi Koerat who said that while the average dam levels were currently above 80%, the volume of water in the dams would be depleted by 2015 if the current consumption patterns persisted and no significant inflow into the dams occurred.

“This dire prediction is based on annual modelling of our water resources by the Department of Water Affairs.

The model warns that Kouga and Nelson Mandela Bay are heading for a water shortage crisis and urges that usage be curbed immediately,” he explained.

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Kouga Municipality issued its first water alert a month ago, requesting that residents cut their water consumption by at least 10%.

Rainfall in Kouga in 2013 has been lower than the 20 year average.

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