Hazelmere dam stabilized

2016-01-21 06:00

THE Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has announced the Hazelmere Dam has stabilised but remains a flagship project following the worst drought in 30 years.

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane announced the Hazelmere Dam as one of the priorities for the Department of Water and Sanitation and has since made the decision to construct the emergency pipeline and temporary pump station that will transfer between 8 million and 12 million litres of water from the uThongathi River to augment the resource in the Hazelmere Dam.

A statement by DWS said, “There have been benefits of both the pumping from the uThongathi Emergency Scheme as well as the mandatory restrictions in areas supplied by Hazelmere Dam. Had the pumping and restrictions not taken place, the Hazelmere Dam level would have been at approximately 15% at the beginning of November 2015 instead of the observed level of 27% at the same time.”

DWS said the benefit of both the mandatory restrictions imposed on the Hazelmere System, and the pumping from the UThongathi River, has meant that Hazelmere Dam has currently stabilised.

Even though the storage projections indicate that the system is not expected to fail, in the short term, the water resource situation represents a very high risk level of drought and as a result close monitoring and actions to conserve water should be maintained.

Consumers have however been reminded by DWS that while the emergency scheme will assist in augmenting water resources, it is not the ultimate answer to the current water shortages being experienced in the north of Durban and iLembe District.

Good rainfall is still required in order to make a significant difference to the level of the Hazelmere Dam.

There have been benefits of both the pumping from the uThongathi Emergency Scheme as well as the mandatory restrictions in areas...

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