Ugu water drought situation

2015-06-25 06:01
Ugu calls for every community member to play their part in conserving water.

Ugu calls for every community member to play their part in conserving water.

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THE drought situation in KwaZulu-Natal has taken a turn for the worse as most areas are affected by the dire state of water scarcity and Ugu district has been adversely affected by the water shortage.

We have continually being conducting an assessment of our water sources across the district and the outcome is deeply concerning. With no significant rainfall in the forecast, the drought is firmly rooted and the district faces a looming water crisis situation.

This calls for every community member to play their part in conserving water in order to rapidly avert the looming water crisis that seems eminent­ if water is not used sparingly.

The municipality is currently rolling out a water-pressure-reducing programme across the district and consumers will experience reduced water pressure in their households. We are again calling upon consumers to fix and report all leaks in order to minimise water loss in our water network.

Areas in Umuziwabantu and Vulamehlo Local municipalities are currently 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 Kwa- Nyuswa­ water levels reduced to zero percent.

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

Umzumbe River that feeds the Ndelu and Assissi systems is currently at its lowest flow and river diversion to abstraction points has taken place. The UMthwalume River is also on a low flow.

In Umdoni, the Umzinto and EJ Smith dams are running low and this threatens the supply of water in Umdoni­ and surrounding areas.

As a quick remedial measure for prolonged supply while long-term plans are being developed, the municipality is to implement water rationing for balanced supply in the highly affected communities under our local municipalities. Communities are therefore urged to conserve water or face the serious­ risk of the source of supply running dry.

Towards the preservation of this precious resource and successfully wade through this crisis, business and domestic users must work towards saving every drop. Communities are encouraged to use the services of the municipalities by forwarding all water- related queries and reports of water leaks and water theft to 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

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