Water restrictions and the imposition of punitive tariffs will be on the agenda when the Kouga Local Municipality Council holds its last meeting for 2016 next week Thursday (15 December).
Kouga Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Elza van Lingen, said the water crisis facing the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro was also having an impact on the Kouga region.
“The Metro’s taps are running dry and they have introduced punitive water restrictions. These punitive tariffs will now also apply to Kouga because we buy the bulk of our water from the Metro,” she explained.
She said Kouga had received a mandate from the Metro to reduce the area’s water usage by 15% by the end of March 2017.
“Failure to comply will see the Metro imposing punitive tariffs upon Kouga. These will remain in effect until the Nooitgedacht Water Scheme comes online, which is only expected in 2019.”
In November, the Kouga Local Municipality Mayor said she was shocked when the municipality was slapped with a R46 million water bill from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Kouga gets its water from the Nelson Mandela Bay despite the latter’s dams being in the Kouga area.
She said an item would be tabled to Council on 15 December, recommending that water restrictions be imposed with immediate effect and that punitive tariffs, as set out in