Drought crisis addressed

2016-05-18 06:00
PHOTO: ian carbutt  Midmar Dam earlier this year.

PHOTO: ian carbutt Midmar Dam earlier this year.

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“NATURE has decided to reduce our water supply and we need to take responsibility and begin to save [water],” said Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at a recent executive committee meeting when councillors were discussing its drought communication plan.

He said the situation will become worse in the months to come because there is no rain and residents need to exercise caution when using water and do their best to save as much water as they can.

“This is not political. The reality is that we are running out of water, the source is running dry and the situation will worsen. We all need to act responsibly,” Ndlela added.

Acting municipal manager, Boniwe Zulu said restrictors on water meters are still being installed.

“Restrictors will assist the community to reduce their water use. Our communication will be ongoing in order to create awareness about saving water among the public,” she said.

Councillor Judith Lawrence said the council should be leading by example and the executive committee should have restrictors installed on their premises first.

She added she has personally not had water in her ward for the past four weekends while some areas in the municipality have been without water for weeks. She challenged the success of the drought communication plan that was rolled out by the municipality asking if a measure of the success of the plan can be made.

“Has our plan to communicate the messages of water- saving been successful or is the reduction in some areas simply because there is nothing to use,” she asked.

Ndlela said it is up to the community and councillors to report water issues so they can be addressed and that all residents have access to water. “The buck stops with us,” he said.

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