Water cut-offs implemented

2015-07-01 06:05

AS from 8am yesterday, Tuesday, Umvoti residents were without water in their taps until 4pm.

The previously announced restrictions - having water between 4am and 8am, then off for the day until 4pm, lasting until 8pm, have now been imposed. So it is on for eight hours of the day and off for 16 hours.

A spokesman for Umvoti’s water service provider, the Umzinyathi District Mumicipality, told Greytown Gazette these restrictions were being imposed immediately after a meeting with national­ ministers, Cogta, the Department of Water and Sanitation and top officials on Monday to discuss drought conditions in KZN. They viewed the drought in such a serious light that they insisted that severe restrictions be imposed without delay.

In response to a question from the Greytown Gazette as to why no warning was given to allow residents time to prepare for these restrictions, Umzinyathi spokesman said the Umvoti Municipality had not responded to monitoring the use of water by car washes, businesses and some residents, etc. There had been unnecessary delays in the setting up of the JoJo tank programme in the town. This meant that many residents would have to make their own arrangements to fill containers, etc., until more tanks were installed.

Forty tanks have now been placed in Enhlalakahle, Solomon, France and Angola – some are already operational. At the time of going to press two had been stolen and two vandalised.

Twenty-one tanks have been allocated to Greytown – these are not yet operational and there are long stretches of residential streets still without a tank.

However, more JoJos have been ordered and the stands are currently being built in Greytown. The Umzinyathi spokesman said there should not have been such a delay and Umvoti Municipality should be held responsible for this.

“The municipality is responsible for monitoring the JoJo tanks as per their approved support from Protection Services. This was agreed upon at a joint meeting more than a month ago.

“Umvoti Mayor had also undertaken to speak to local businesses about the crisis and to give regular reports to residents on the water­ crisis.

The Greytown Gazette has, for the past three weeks, requested comment from Umvoti officials and managers to keep Umvoti residents informed, but it has had no response.

Lake Merthley is now at 24%.

This decision to impose restrictions was only announced late on Monday afternoon­ after meetings with ministers – the Umvoti­ Municipal Manager was also present. Up until then the Greytown Gazette had featured the following statement (released on Monday morning) from Pradeep Ramdall on behalf of Umzinyathi District Muicipality:

“We are forced to commence with restrictions from 8am to 4pm daily and from 8pm until 4am nightly and will start with the Enhlalakahle, which has more than 40 tanks allocated by the municipality in terms of their agreed plan. Many of the tanks have been filled. Umvoti is responsible for monitoring the JoJo tanks as per their approved support from the Protection Services. This was agreed at a joint meeting more than one month ago.

Now that more tanks are being requested for [the] town, steel has been procured and the engineering department, under Ahmad Shaikh, is responsible for the fabrication and installation.

“JoJo tanks will be provided this week by the district. It is envisaged that these tanks will be installed in the upper sections. Consumers must brace themselves for severe restrictions.”

Please remember – water is the most precious of all our commodities – use it with care and do not waste a drop.

We are forced to commence with restrictions from 8am to 4pm daily and from 8pm until 4am nightly. Consumers must brace themselves for severe restrictions

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