Water supply if and when available

2015-10-28 06:00
The Umvoti Waterworks water supply has gone from 17 million litres per day to just 11 million litres. Water levels at the extraction site used to be at least two  metres higher than it is now and covered the first set of smaller sand terraces.  Photo

The Umvoti Waterworks water supply has gone from 17 million litres per day to just 11 million litres. Water levels at the extraction site used to be at least two metres higher than it is now and covered the first set of smaller sand terraces. Photo

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RESIDENTS of KwaDukuza will receive water if and when supply is available. This was revealed by iLembe District Mayor Welcome Mdabe this week.
Approximately 10 000 consumers in the KwaDukuza Central Business District and surrounding areas of Highridge, Warrenton, Stanger Manor,Townview, Rocky Park, Shakaville, Lindelani, Lot 16, Memory Lloyds, Doesburg, Mbozambo, Stanger Heights, New Guelderland and Glenhills have gone from receiving 17 million litres to just 11 million litres a day as a result of the severe drought facing the iLembe District Municipality.

Last Monday, the district municipality held an urgent media briefing to address the issue of the diminishing water supply from the Umvoti Waterworks.

This week, the difficulty escalated and water is now supplied to the community if and when it is available.

“At the moment, we have not implemented a time of use or water rationing schedule.
“Water is supplied to consumers when it is available,” Mdabe said.

“Some parts of Shakaville, Lindelani and Stanger Manor have no supply at all because they are situated on high ground. The Stanger Hospital is also facing this challenge because of its location.
“If we keep getting such low volumes of water we will have a huge problem on our hands.”

In addition, the Hazelmere Dam supply is also stressed as the current dam level is at 29%.
Hazelmere Dam supplies water to parts of iLembe District and eThekwini Metro.

“The supply to the Ndwedwe Local Municipality and Groutville [outskirts of KwaDukuza] areas is currently restricted by 30% resulting in areas receiving water at certain times of the day only,” said Mdabe.

With regards to Maphumulo Local Municipality, the Umvotshane system is supplying four mega litres per day.
The supply to the following wards is restricted: wards 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, KwaDukuza’s ward 27 and Ndwedwe wards 3, 4 and 7.

“The Zamani Township and Darnall communities just outside of KwaDukuza are receiving reduced supply as well because the Nonoti River is also dry,” he said.

Mdabe has revealed that the 50% reduction will be imposed on more areas in the KwaDukuza and Maphumulo local municipalities moving forward.

Speaking about drought funding, Mdabe said that the drought allocation of R9 million received from the National Disaster Management Centre has been fully utilised for drilling of boreholes and the refurbishment of small schemes while the R37 million allocation from the Department of Water and Sanitation was used for the hiring of tankers and the purchase of jojo tanks and stands.

Mdabe said they are working speedily to ensure water is delivered to all areas in need.

“We appeal for patience from the communities.
“We anticipate that by this week there will be enough water supply due to the drilling of additional boreholes,” he said.

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