Kouga secures R150-million for drought-relief

2018-10-18 06:00

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THE Mayor said the first allocation was for R58,728-million, which will be paid to Kouga through the Provincial Disaster Relief Grant.

“The work the municipality will be doing with this money is expected to benefit 23 868 households across the region,” he said.

He said the money would be used to develop, refurbish, equip and connect boreholes at Hankey, Patensie, Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and Oyster Bay.

It will further be used to improve the extraction and treatment of water from the Klein River at Hankey while the existing springs at Rebelsrus and Mostertshoek will also be developed with the grant.

The Mayor said the second allocation of R92,5-million would be released to Kouga through the Water Services Infrastructure Grant and is expected to benefit some 12 623 households.

“About R27-million of this will be used to expand our programme to identify and repair leaks. It will also be used to replace old pipes, particularly in high risk areas, as well as for water pressure management at our reservoirs,” Hendricks said.

“A total of R35-million will go towards to upgrade of the Jeffreys Bay water treatment works, which is necessary to bring more boreholes on line, while R20-million of the allocation will be used to refurbish the natural springs at Humansdorp.”

With the combined levels of the dams supplying Kouga and Nelson Mandela Bay at just more than 54% this week, water restrictions remain in place across the regions.


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