Water awareness campaign

2015-11-12 06:00

THE eThekwini municipality held a water awareness campaign in Waterloo, Verulam to educate residents on ways to conserve water as the current drought situation worsens in the province.

The community’s water comes from the Hazelmere Dam which water levels currently stand at 27.5%.

The water conservation road show held in Waterloo was aimed at increasing knowledge on the drought and educating residents on what they can do to conserve water.

Waterloo residents had the opportunity to engage with municipal officials to learn more about the current drought crisis as their area is one of the worst affected by the drought.

Ward 58 councillor Mxolisi Ndzimbomvu said the drought road shows were part of the municipality’s continuing water educational programmes in communities.

“The drought is a reality and we can all make a difference by using water sparingly. Every drop of water saved can make a difference. Let us practise water saving measures such as re-using water,” said Ndzimbomvu.

Several areas in the north of Durban are experiencing water restrictions imposed by the council to reduce the water demand from the Hazelmere system and Thongathi River.

The restrictions have been implemented to ensure continuous supply is maintained.

Water restrictions are being implemented in the following areas; Waterloo, Riyadh, Umdloti Beach, Mount Moreland, Canelands, Verulam CBD, Tongaat CBD, Belvedere, Emona, Chelmsford, Van Rova, Ghandi’s Hill, Metcalf, Magwaveni, Amanzimyama, Fairbreeze and Burbreeze.

The municipality is also dispatching water tankers to supply water in affected areas.

Residents have been urged to allow water tankers to service all areas equally to ensure everyone receives water.

City officials have appealed to residents to use water sparingly in their homes and to co-operate with all implemented measures to save water.

Residents have also been urged to report illegal water connections and water leaks by calling 080 1313013.

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