Water levels worry Umgeni

2015-10-28 06:00

THE water levels of two dams, which supply water to the Msunduzi Greater uMgungundlovu areas - Mearns and Midmar dam - have decreased by 33.28% and 16,4% respectively when compared to last year.

Umgeni Water’s corporate stakeholder manager Shami Harichunder said that last week Friday the water levels at the Midmar Dam were at 53,86% and 56,12% at Mearns Dam.

“The drop in the level of the two dams is as a result of below average rainfall caused by the El Niño effect, normal water demand and usage and high temperatures that cause evaporation of water.

“Umgeni Water is concerned that the expected spring rains have not come, and if this situation prevails, there will be a further reduction in the level of both dams.

“However, a mitigation for any sharp drop in the level of Midmar Dam is transfer of water from Mearns Dam into Midmar Dam through pumping, and Umgeni Water will adopt this measure if required.

“Umgeni Water would like to state it is concerned that the expected rains have not arrived yet and is, therefore, urging consumers to use water sparingly, which will result in cut in consumption,” said Harichunder.

He further emphasised that any means to conserve water will make a difference.

“Any measures that are adopted to conserve water will help a great deal. This includes cutback on water usage and the collection of water in tanks,” he said.

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