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With loadshedding always threatening to be implemented at a moment’s notice, some towns in the Eastern Cape have now been warned that water-shedding will soon be part of their reality as well.

The Kouga Municipality has announced that water-shedding will be implemented in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and the Greater St Francis Area.

It was implemented with immediate effect after the announcement on Monday 13 June.

The water level of the Churchill Dam is the reason for the situation. It is currently at 10%. Most households and businesses in this area rely entirely on the Churchill Dam for water.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, told News24 that if no rain falls in the catchment area of the dam, the region could be left with no water in the taps within the next three weeks.

“We have been trying to delay the need for water-shedding, but the situation is critical, and we cannot avoid it any longer.”

According to the proposed schedule, water to the towns will be switched off for most of the day. There will be no water flowing to houses or businesses from 10:00 to 16:00 seven days a week.

“We know that it will be a difficult adjustment for the affected communities, but we ask that they bear with us. This measure is necessary to help keep the water in the taps for as long as is possible.”

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