Msunduzi tackles water shortages

2015-12-02 06:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality is tackling water shortages and water leaks in the city.

Msunduzi Municipality’s acting communications and marketing manager Nqobile Madonda said that the communication plan for tackling the issue will end in January, 2016, however it can be adjusted accordingly depending on weather patterns.

“The prolonged lower-than-normal rainfall since the beginning of the year has caused drought conditions across the country. The lower rainfall is caused by El Niño, a global weather pattern that denies moisture to the sub-Saharan region.

“According to the South African Weather Bureau, the dry weather will probably persist through the remainder of this year and into March 2016, a period during which the country normally gets most of its rain,” said Madonda.

She said that the municipality will teach the public how to save water and where they can report water leaks.

She said that the key messages will be “South Africa has water shortages, make every drop count” and “I am responsible and we all have a role to play to conserve water”.

The project will be spearheaded by Mayor Chris Ndlela, deputy mayor Thobani Zuma as chairperson of the infrastructure services committee, municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi as the accounting officer and the deputy municipal manager for infrastructure services, Sabatha Nomnganga.

“We all need to pull together during this difficult time by voluntary rationing our water consumption.

We urge South Africans to respect all municipal water restrictions.

“Households and businesses are encouraged to implement water-wise measures which include the re-use of water.

“Water loss is of concern and we call on all to report water leaks to their municipality. Leaky taps waste water and should be dealt with immediately as we have to save every drop,” said Madonda.

Residents must report water leaks and burst pipes to the municipal call centre on 0800 001 868 or by email to call.centre@msunduzi.gov.za

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