Crystal Springs Dam at 2%

2016-02-19 06:00

THE Crystal Springs Dam is at two percent or less and is no longer being used by Harry Gwala. The tower in the dam has three abstraction valves at different heights and all three were above the water level last week.

Due to the borehole, which is used to supply the dam, the Crystal Springs and other water sources, which are within the catchment area, there is approximately two mega litres of water entering the dam per day, so the level of the dam has risen (by a minuscule amount).

It is hoped this will be up to about 50% of its capacity by mid-winter so it can be used as a backup, said Kokstad Chamber of Commerce Margi Fleming in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The Mzinthlava River is at 50% so the municipality can only abstract half of Kokstad’s required daily water supply, which is the reason for the current water.

“Alternative sources of water (such as the boreholes at the mosque and at Ohlanga, which are being made available to HGDM by the Muslim community and the GKM borehole in Coulter Street), must be tested stringently before these can be used to supply drinking water – although these are prioritised this does take some time,” said Fleming.

“Water restrictions - on at 4am and off at 9am - are, as many of you have complained about, not always adhered to.

“The culprit for this is the age of our water infrastructure, which I believe to be well over 40.”

- Supplied.

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