Water crisis hits South Coast from page 1

2015-11-11 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede Community members line up for fresh drinking water (from left) Tristen Abrahams, his mother Arisha Abrahams, Clemy Gonzalves and Mohammed Sohali, a volunteer who assists the community.

PHOTO: precious gumede Community members line up for fresh drinking water (from left) Tristen Abrahams, his mother Arisha Abrahams, Clemy Gonzalves and Mohammed Sohali, a volunteer who assists the community.

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“Bhobhoyi Dam, which supplies water to most areas on Hibiscus­ Coast, has not received a flow of fresh water for over a month and the dam is currently sitting at zero percent.”

Gumede said the municipality is doing its best to make sure that communities have water, how- ever, the water will be salty.

“This is a natural disaster and there is not much the municipality can do,” she said.

“We have had to breach the Umzimkhulu river mouth, which at this time, salt levels in the river climaxed very high with no supply from the off-channel storage dam which led to the municipality having to shut production down over the weekend.”

She said the municipality has engaged with national government on the current supply water status.

“As a municipality we do not recommend that people drink the water coming from their taps, however, the water can be used for other necessities.

She said that water tankers will be going around supplying fresh water that can be used for drinking.

Umtentweni resident Pieter Erasmus said people should have been warned about this salty water­ problem a long time ago.

“Surely this didn’t just happen overnight. Why didn’t the municipality let us know in time?”

Another resident, Steven van Staden, said he wonders what the salty water will do to geysers.

“Imagine the long-term effects on cars if they are washed with this.

“What about the SPCA and boarding kennels? Imagine the cost of buying water for hundreds of dogs and cats.

“Salt water can’t be used for mixing cement, so building will come to a halt. Does Ugu expect the public to pay for this water?” asked Van Staden.

The mayor urged communities to save as much water as possible­.

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