Water restrictions in Msunduzi area

2016-02-03 06:00

THE introduction of a 15% water restriction within the Msunduzi area of jurisdiction has been imposed by the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Water sub-unit is in the process of implementing such.

At this stage there will be no immediate tariff increases, but new tariffs will be introduced at the beginning of July.

However, by then, if each consumer of water has reduced their monthly consumption, any increase will not be felt as badly as before. So every consumer has to start proactively reducing their consumption. The use of hosepipes will be banned and other measures will be communicated to the public once the Gazette is published officially declaring Msunduzi a drought-affected area.

The Msunduzi Municipality will be introducing a stricter pressure management regime throughout the city with the use of timer controllers for all our pressure-reducing valves, and installation has commenced this week. They will be dropping pressures during the day, but it is emphasised that consumers will still receive water at all times, merely at a decreased flow. Water pressure will be reduced still further at night, which is when water demand decreases substantially anyway.

The effect of pressure management is that leaks in the water pipe network are reduced substantially at a lower pressure, and water bursts are less likely to occur, thus bringing about water savings.

The Msunduzi Municipality will also be prioritising the repairs on water bursts and all available plumbing staff will be allocated to this task at the expense of other duties which will enjoy a lower priority for now.

The introduction of special restriction washers installed at consumers meters will be introduced in some
areas. About 40 000 washers of this kind have been installed in the eThekwini area, and residents have noticed up to a 40% reduction in their consumption with minimal disruption to their water service.

Umgeni Water has established a joint operations committee at which all areas affected by the drought measures are represented, including the farming community. Umgeni Water will be heading up all communications with the public in close conjunction with all parties, so there are no conflicting strategies released to the public. - Supplied.

THE USE OF HOSEPIPES WILL BE BANNED AND OTHER MEASURES WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO THE PUBLIC ONCE THE GAZETTE IS PUBLISHED OFFICIALLY DECLARING MSUNDUZI A DROUGHT- AFFECTED AREA

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