Kouga down to 60l of water

2017-09-14 06:00

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STEEP Part C “emergency” tariffs have been in effect since the beginning of August while water restrictions were introduced in December 2016.

Van Lingen says the emergency action plan included an awareness campaign through the media, as well as community and school outreaches.

“Reducing water losses through the repair of leaks is also an essential part of the plan. We will be pooling Council resources to fast-track the turnaround time for repairing water breaks and leaks.”

According to Van Lingen, emergency measures will include helping indigent households to identify and repair leaks, checking school ablution facilities for water wastage, investigating the top 10 water accounts per ward, undertaking a thermal inspection of bulk water lines for possible non-visible leaks and auditing valves and hydrants for leaks.

The plan further proposes several short to medium term measures to increase Kouga’s water supply.

“There is an existing borehole north of the N2 which we would like to connect to the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment works,” Van Lingen says.

“We are further looking at using surface water north of Kruisfontein at Humansdorp to augment the supply. The potential for new boreholes at Hankey, Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay will also be explored.”

The plan further proposes the development of a desalination plant as the most viable long-term solution.

She said the costing of the plan was being finalised and that application would be made to provincial and national government for additional funds to implement the plan.

Calculating your 60 litres

The 60 litre per person limit has been in place in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro since July. Kouga receives the bulk of its household from the same system as the Metro.

The Metro issued the following pointers to help consumers plan how to divide their daily allocation:

  • A bath = 20l per 6cm depth
  • A shower = 10l per minute
  • Washing hands and brushing teeth, using water sparingly = 1l per day
  • Flushing the toilet (place a brick in large cisterns to reduce water usage) = 6l per flush
  • Handwashing in a bucket = 20l
  • Making tea/coffee = 2l per day

The City of Cape Town, where residents are limited to 87l per day, has further developed a “water usage calculator” which helps to give consumers an idea of how much water is used for various activities. The calculator can be accessed at http://mycapetownneeds.co.za/thinkwater/calculator.html

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