The municipality of Kouga takes a big step forward against the drying up of dams

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The Municipality of Kouga has taken an important step to mitigate the drying up of dams by completing the first of four water treatment plants to ensure safe drinking water from boreholes.

According to Tsitsi-Kouga Ward Chief Vicky Knoetze, the first plant has been built at Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works (WTW) and will remove iron and manganese from borehole water.

She said a second plant is currently under construction at the same WTW and will be completed by the end of this month.

Knoetze said two more factories are planned for Humansdorp and St Francis Bay.

Currently, water from the borehole is fed into the existing water reticulation system where it is mixed with treated water from the dam.

“When this project is finalized, the municipality of Kouga will be able to provide drinking borehole water to its residents, even if the Churchill dam runs dry. By doing so, Kouga will successfully end its dependence on water from the dam and avoid day zero by only using groundwater,” Knoetze said.

She added that this would however only be necessary in the event of dry dams, and not before.

“Over the past five years, under Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks, Kouga has spent over R200 million on water augmentation and drought mitigation projects,” Knoetze said.

“A network of 38 boreholes has been created which will ensure towns such as Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay and Hankey will have water reticulation upon dam depletion.

“The Municipality of Kouga has also completed the installation of 90% of its emergency water points.”

ISSUED BY VICKY KNOETZE, HEAD OF TSITSI-KOUGA CIRCUMSCRIPTION
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