THE Kouga Council approved the immediate imposition of water restrictions across the Kouga region on Firday.Punitive tariffs are to be implemented from January 1, 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. The decision to impose water restrictions and punitive tariffs follows on a mandate received by Kouga from the Nelson Mandela Metro that water usage needs to be cut back by 15%.Affected towns include Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Oyster Bay, Patensie, Hankey, Loerie and Thornhill.