Water restrictions in place over Easter weekend

2017-04-12 06:02

WATER restrictions remain in place in Pietermaritzburg and all of uMgungundlovu, even as water consumption is expected to rise considerably through the Easter weekend.

And water usage is expected to increase even further if the high temperatures experienced over the past two weeks persist, Umgeni Water corporate stakeholder manager Shami Harichunder said in a statement yesterday.

Thousands of visitors are expected in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and the North and South coasts this weekend.

Mandatory water restrictions of 15% are in place in the Umgeni Water System.

Water restrictions and water shortages, especially in Midmar and Albert Falls dams, are due to below-average rainfall over the past four years.

The levels of Umgeni system dams as at Friday were:

• Mearns — 93%

• Spring Grove — 83%

• Midmar — 75,56%

• Albert Falls — 36,53%

• Nagle — 65,21%

• Inanda — 66%.

Mearns and Spring Grove are small dams that empty as quickly as they fill.

“Of concern to Umgeni Water is the level of Albert Falls, the largest dam in the Umgeni Water operational area, which has remained in the 30% range for almost a year,” said Harichunder.

This dam supplies Durban North, Westville, KwaDabeka, Durban Central, Reservoir Hills and Pinetown.

The water in Midmar and Albert Falls dams is not sufficient to meet the full demand of eThekwini, Msunduzi and uMgungundlovu, he said.

Harichunder said all consumers, including visitors, would have to be mindful of water restrictions and he urged them to use water sparingly.

Harichunder said rainfall forecasts by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and South African Weather Service indicate that some rainfall, likely to be below average, is expected in April.

— The Witness.

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