UMgungundlovu district to start water restrictions

2016-01-27 06:00
PHOTO: supplied UMgungundlovu District Municipality is to introduce water restrictions to alleviate the effects of the ongoing drought.

PHOTO: supplied UMgungundlovu District Municipality is to introduce water restrictions to alleviate the effects of the ongoing drought.

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UMGUNGUNDLOVU District Municipality (UMDM) will introduce water restrictions to alleviate the effects of the drought.

Since drought was declared in KZN uMgungundlovu District has never had water restrictions. Some areas under the eThekwini Municipality have had water restrictions.

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality mayor, Yusuf Bhamjee has warned businesses, ratepayers and communities to expect water restrictions that will soon be implemented.

The drought is affecting most parts of South Africa, especially the KZN Midlands.

Some areas that have been affected are KZN, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo and the Free State. Yusuf Bhamjee has advised that details of water restrictions will be made public in due course. This will be after all the technical assessments have been conducted.

“The aim of the water restrictions would not be to penalise the public - they will be done as a last resort in an effort to secure and maintain future water supply for our people and businesses,” said Bhamjee.

A joint operating committee, comprising of experts from Department of Water and Sanitation, Water Service Authorities, Water Service Providers and a disaster management team from Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has been formed. The committee will meet regularly to monitor and evaluate water restrictions.

“We plead with the public to respect water restrictions. Members of the public should report leaks in their area as well as other wasteful water usage. To report leaks and water wastage, phone 0800 864 911. Our team will speedily attend to and act on reports made by members of the public. Water is life, let us all unite in preserving this precious resource,” said the mayor. - Supplied.

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