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Kouga Municipality lifts water rationing to drought-hit towns


The Kouga Municipality said it would temporarily lift water rationing to Hankey and Patensie for the duration of the nationwide 21-day coronavirus lockdown.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said this would enable those communities to safeguard themselves.

"Washing your hands regularly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, is one way you can help prevent the spread of the virus," he explained.

"That is why the municipality and (the) Gamtoos Irrigation Board immediately took steps to have water rationing lifted after the President's declaration of a national State of Disaster last week."

He said this means that residents of Hankey and Patensie would once again have water in their taps for the full day until midnight on April 16 when the lockdown ends.

"We would like to remind these communities that the level of the Kouga Dam is dangerously low. It dropped to below 16% this week and continues to decrease.

"Residents are, therefore, still urged to use water extremely sparingly despite the temporary lifting of water rationing," he said.

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