Water is now safe to drink

2015-11-12 06:00

FOLLOWING the closure of the Umzimkulu river mouth and the municipality’s decision to continue with production of salty water, the situation has improved drastically after the reopening of the mouth on the 4 November at low tide.

Salt levels at the pump station that collects water for the Bhobhoyi Water Treatment Works were immediately reduced after the opening.

The municipality has continued production and has since started filling the off-channel storage dam as salt levels have reduced to below minimum requirements.

This now means that communities between Hibberdene­ and Ramsgate and inland areas such as Gamalakhe, Murchison and Bhobhoyi have started receiving drinking water with reduced salt levels and in some instances, consumers are able to drink the water.

The municipality has engaged other risk mitigation plans namely the dredging of the lower Umzimkulu River and the construction of the sand berm-weir as medium- to long-term measures to restrict salt water intrusion at the abstraction point. Work is progressing well at the two sites and we are on target for completion by 13 November.

The municipality further informs the community of Ugu District, especially Umthwalume communities­, of the drought challenge with regard to the Umthwalume River where the Umthwalume River Raw Water Abstraction System’s capability to sustain current demands diminished considerably over this weekend.

This challenge necessitated the closure of the Umthwalume Water Treatment Plant for at least six hours while the well points were opened up for more water collection. The operation was a success and as of this morning the plant is back on production.

Mnafu, Magwaza, Mathulini and Mfazazana communities­ may continue to experience an intermittent water supply until production is normalised.

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

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