The Kouga Municipality has urged residents, businesses and visitors to use water wisely as combined dam levels have dropped below 12% despite heavy rainfall last week.
Last week heavy rains caused havoc across the Kouga region, damaging several houses and roads in the Eastern Cape.
According to the latest stats from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the combined levels of the dams that supply water to the regions and Nelson Mandela Bay totalled 11.79% on May 10.
Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said it is estimated that Jeffreys Bay received 75mm of rain last week, Humansdorp 100mm, St Francis Bay 97mm and Oyster Bay 87mm.
The rain caused several potholes – some posing a danger to motorists – across the region. Some 0.4mm of rain was recorded at Stuurmanskraal while the Kouga Dam received about 4.5mm of rain.
However, despite the good rains dam levels are continuing to drop.
“Kouga residents, businesses and visitors are urged to use water extremely sparingly, with the combined levels of the supply dams in the region having dropped to below 12% – despite the recent good rainfalls in the region,” the municipality wrote on Facebook.
On Monday, 10 May, the two biggest dams Kouga and Impofu stood at 4.25% and 15.19% respectively. The Churchill Dam was at 25.99% and the small Loerie balancing at 41.18%.
Meanwhile the water crisis in Nelson Mandela Bay is so dire that taps are expected to run dry from 1 July.
Last month Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Nqaba Bhanga said dam levels continues to drop alarmingly.
“The greatest risk to the Metro currently is that our dam levels continue to plummet.”
With no clear indication of rain in the near future it is estimated that various areas in Nelson Mandela Bay will run dry as water levels drop too low for water extraction.