Municipality intensifies drought-awareness campaign

2015-07-09 06:00

UGU District Municipality has embarked on vigorous drought-awareness road shows across the district in an effort to intensify awareness of water scarcity from our sources resulting from the lack of significant rainfall.

The campaign commenced on 1 July in areas adversely affected by drought. In Umdoni we visited Umzinto and Scottburgh taxi ranks where the municipality engaged with communities.

In an effort to maximise knowledge on the drought while simultaneously getting customers to comply and conserve water, a stakeholder meeting with ratepayers, councillors and the community was held at Scottburgh Community Hall on Monday, 6 July.

Under this awareness campaign, the municipality also visited Dududu in Vulamehlo. Residents were given comprehensive water-saving tips through our customer-care bus. These campaigns form part of the municipality’s ongoing water educational programmes in the communities which will intensify an understanding of water shortage and the importance of using water sparingly.

The municipality is also closely monitoring the water situation in Harding which is also adversely affected by drought.

Water scarcity in the district is not a myth but a reality which requires all of us to heed the call of safeguarding every drop of available water. The municipality has also intensified its efforts in dealing with all reported water leaks and further requests residents to continue reporting encountered water loss. The district’s water sources are currently under severe stress due to high demand and an appeal is made to residents to adjust their water consumption patterns as we may have to impose further stringent water restrictions across the district if the current consumption rate is not reduced.

As a water services authority, we remain committed to the cause of ensuring that we supply our communities with clean drinking water hence we call upon our residents to take heed to our noble call of using water sparingly to enable the municipality to fulfil its obligation of continuous water supply to our communities.

The municipality encourages the community to forward water and sanitation-related queries, leaks and burst pipes and illegal water connections to their ward councillors or call 08000 WATER (92837) or 039 688 5830/36 or SMS 44751.

Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for local communities.

Municipality encourages the community to forward water and sanitation-related queries, leaks and burst pipes and illegal water connections to their ward councillors or call 08000 water (92837) or 039 688 5830/36 or SMS 44751

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