Low water pressure as drought continues

2015-06-25 06:01

THE drought situation in KwaZulu-Natal has taken a turn for the worse. Affected rivers closet to the lower South Coast are the Umzumbe and Umtwalume.

The Umzumbe River, which feeds the Ndelu and Assissi systems, is currently on its lowest flow and river diversion to abstraction points have taken place.

With no significant rainfall on the forecast, residents can expect reduced water pressure - a programme which Ugu District Municipality will roll out soon in order to save water. Only the highly affected areas such as Umdoni, Harding, Vulamehlo, KwaMbotho and KwaNyuswa will experience water rationing.

France Zama, spokesperson for Ugu District Municipality, said every community member must play their part in conserving water.

“Most areas are affected by the dire state of water scarcity and Ugu District has been adversely affected by this water shortage catastrophe,” he said.

“We, have on continuous basis, been conducting an assessment on our various water sources across the district and the outcome is indeed deeply concerning.”

The municipality urges customers to report leaks to minimise water loss in the water network.

Umuziwabantu and Vulamehlo Local Municipalities are in distress as the levels of the sources of supply in these communities have alarmingly dropped.

The Harding Dam levels have dropped to 15% and areas around Harding, supplied by this dam, are experiencing intermittent water supply. Other sources of supply within Umuziwabantu are also in a worse state with KwaMbotho and KwaNyuswa water levels reduced to zero percent.

The Vulamehlo Municipality Weir is at 40% significantly affecting the supply to Vulamehlo.

In Umdoni, the Umzinto and EJ Smith dams are also running low and threatens the supply of water in the Umdoni surrounding areas. Communities are urged to conserve water or face serious risks of sources of supply running dry

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