Only three month water supply remains for iLembe

2015-11-04 06:00
Mayor of iLembe District Municipality Welcome Mdabe urges the community to save water. Photo: supplied

Mayor of iLembe District Municipality Welcome Mdabe urges the community to save water. Photo: supplied

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Speaking after KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube welcomed the declaration of the drought-stricken province as a disaster area by national government, Mdabe said the district faces major problems.
“The problem is, we do not have enough water tankers. Of the few we do have, majority are hired. To date iLembe has spent more than R15 million on hiring water tankers. This is costing us R6 000 a day for one water tanker. We are looking at a budget of no less than R300 million to buy our own,” said the mayor.

The district municipality is currently faced with the mammoth task of transporting water from Mandeni (source is the Tugela River) to KwaDukuza and Maphumulo.

“We are getting water from Mandeni but there are indications as well that Tugela River is also steadily running dry,” he said.

He said plans to desalinate sea water for consumption are underway.

“We have secured the land and are currently in the process of finalising the environmental impact assessment and the geo-tech study. The consultants are on site. I have a meeting with the MEC for Environmental Affairs, Mike Mabuyakhulu to look at how best can we fast-track that process so that at least by February next year we have it started,” he said.

“We are in the process of drilling boreholes where there is groundwater and doing tests to see if the water is fit for human consumption. Should it not be potable then we will look into purchasing treatment plants to avoid our people getting diseases,” said Mdabe.

As of Friday, 30 October, the Hazelmere Dam was producing 45 million litres of water.

“We are appealing to all our residents to please continue to save and help us prolong the number of days we have water. As things stand, iLembe District Municipality has enough water for about 120 days.
“It doesn’t look like the weather is about to change so it is important that we save the little that we have to survive,” said the mayor.
The district municipality issued a water rationing schedule that details the areas and times when water supply would be interrupted and the frequency and time a water tanker would service a specific area.

Restrictions

In Peterson, Hullet and Blaine Streets planned water interruptions will be between 4am to 7pm and a water tanker would be available everyday between 8am and 4pm.

In Carnation, Dhalia, School, Devishi, Lilac and Canna Roads planned water interruptions will be between 4am to 6am and a water tanker would be available everyday between 8am and 12 noon.

In Rose Road and Fressia Road planned water interruptions will be for 24 hours and a water tanker would be available everyday between 8am and 10am and 7pm and 10pm.

In Stanger Heights, Indian Village and Mbozamo planned water interruptions will be between 7am to 7pm and according to the schedule, no water tanker would be available for these area.

In Doesburg as wells as Sugra, Laher and Joalah Drives planned water interruptions will be between 4am to 10pm and a water tanker would be available everyday between 8am and 12 noon and 6pm and 10pm.

In Lindelani and New Guelderland planned water interruptions will be between 8am to 4pm and a water tanker would be available everyday between 8am and 4pm.

In Top Shop planned water interruptions will be experienced on a daily basis, no time was stated on the schedule, and a water tanker would be available everyday between 8am and 4pm.

In Lot 16 and Bhobhoni planned water interruptions will be for 24 hours with a water tanker available once every two days in Lot 16 and once every three days in Bhobhoni.

In Shakaville planned water interruptions will be experienced on a daily basis in the entire ward and a water tanker would be available everyday between 8am and 4pm.

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