Drought fears in KZN

2015-11-04 06:00

DESPITE the massive effects of drought and water shortages that have been reported in KZN, leaking taps continue to be a challenge in the city.

The current drought situation has resulted in the level of dams dropping, according to the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional
Affairs Nomusa
Dube-Ncube.

In her statement in June when she met with the mayors of the affected municipalities she urged people to play their part by conserving water.

Dambuza,
Copesville and France continue to have leaking taps.

Bongiwe Madlala, a Copesville resident in Pietermarizburg, said they still have leaking taps.

“Sometimes the main road has water running down it as a result of dripping taps.

“This happens for days sometimes. They fix the problem, but in a short space of time it starts again.

“We have a tap that is forever open as a result it affects roads. Some of the small passages have huge holes caused by water,” said
Madlala.

When Dube Ncube addressed the affected municipalities she said Hazelmere Dam has dropped to 32%, with minimal rainfall expected over the next four to six months.

This dam supplies water for eThekwini and iLembe municipalities.

In UMgungundlovu District Municipality the affected municipalities are UMshwathi LM, Richmond LM and, to a less extent, UMngeni local municipality.

Zanele Shelembe from France
location said with the drought affecting the province, she fears that soon they will be in the same situation.

“It is scary how much water is being wasted in this area, we will be affected soon.

“We might not be affected for now, but we will be,” said Shelembe.

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