Marginal rise in water levels in KZN

2014-10-21 00:00

DESPITE heavy rainfall last week, the water levels at some of KZN’s dams continues to decline while others have seen a marginal rise.

Corporate stakeholder manager at Umgeni Water, Shami Harichunder, said the levels of dams under the Mgeni system, which supplies Durban, Pietermaritzburg, uMgungundlovu district and the north of Ugu remain in a “healthy state”.

“However, users of water from this system still need to be mindful of the importance of using water sparingly. Problems will occur for this system if good rains do not come in the summer months,” Harichunder warned.

The rain made no difference to Mearns, Nagle and Spring Grove dams. Midmar and Albert Falls dams dropped by three and two percent respectively while Ixopo Dam saw a one percent increase.

The rain made a significant difference to South Coast’s E.J. Smith Dam with a 10,6% increase. Umzinto Dam is up by six percent but the same cannot be said of Nungwane Dam which declined by a similar percentage. “Despite the increase in dam levels at Umzinto and E.J. Smith in the middle South Coast, the situation is still critical and water restrictions and augmentation from the South Coast pipeline are in place,” he added.

Durban’s Inanda and Hazelmere dams are both down, by one and three percent respectively.

Harichunder said he is concerned with the North Coast system, which supplies parts of the north of Durban and parts of iLembe, where the level of the Hazelmere Dam continues to fall.

New Hanover farmer Rencken Broughton said the recent rain was not enough. “The rain was good and brilliant but we still need more to start filling the rivers and dams,” he said.


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