Lots of rain, but no water for some areas

2016-07-28 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede St Mike's Beach.

PHOTO: precious gumede St Mike's Beach.

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THERE was plenty of water on the lower South Coast. but for some areas, there was not a drop to drink.

Ugu District Municipality said it’s water and sanitation systems in certain parts of the district were disrupted due to numerous pipe breaks, water works flooding and high volumes of storm water into sewer systems.

Also due to the electricity breaks, Shelly Beach, Melville, Woodgrange and Uvongo have been restricted to ensure sustainable supply while Marburg, Umtentweni, Southport, Gamalakhe and Oslo Beach experienced complete shutdown to avoid total collapse of the supply system.

“Technicians are working around the clock to ensure efficient and effective restoration of services. Customers are also alerted that it might take longer than expected to attend to reported leaks and breaks due to a number of access roads being washed away therefore prohibiting reach of faults,” said Ugu spokesperson France Zama.

“The entire district has been assessed to determine the extent of damage and needs for support and relief,” he added.

Customers are urged to visit the Ugu Municipality Talk page on Facebook or contact the call centre on 08000 Water (92837) or 039 68 5830/36 or SMS 44751 for recent developments.

On the positive side, the heavy rainfall has been of benefit with the dam levels in the Hibiscus Coast rising.
“The Bhobhoyi dam is well over 32%,” said Zama.
In the areas south-west of the district, supply sources at KwaMbotho, KwaNyuswa and Harding Dams in Umuziwabantu area have progressed.
In areas under Umdoni, the EJ Smith and Umzinto dams have been filled.

“Although there is a slight recorded change in the improvement of supply sources, we, as the municipality, reiterate the importance of preserving water as we are still engulfed by the effects of the drought,” said Zama.

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