KwaDukuza experiences some relief

2016-08-03 06:00

THE recent rainfall has brought some relief for some communities in the water restricted region of iLembe District Municipality with the water levels increasing in most dams and rivers.

With the average of 120mm of rain received last week, Hazelmere Dam stood at 52.9% this week, which is slightly higher than last Wednesday’s 45,73%

A 30% curtailment and time of use plan still stands for areas located in the south of KwaDukuza Local Municipality, from Zimbali to eTete as well Ndwedwe Local Municipality.

“We measured rainfall of 4mm at Hazelmere for the past five days. Ndwedwe and Groutville systems are still receiving water between 4am and 10am as well as 4pm and 10pm,” said mayor of iLembe District Municipality Welcome Mdabe.

Production at the Umvoti Waterworks is stable, with the system producing 18 megalitres for the past five days compared to last week’s 15 megalitres.

“Two weeks ago, we were sitting at eight megalitres per day. This week, all our reservoirs are at levels ranging from 60% to a 100%,” said Mdabe.

Last week, Gledhow North and Gledhow South were at 10% and 50% respectively and were supplied with water tankers along with Lindelani Township which was at also at 10%.

“We still have 15 tankers owned by iLembe, three tankers from the Department of Water and Sanitation and 17 hired tankers which will help with supplying water where the boreholes have been affected by drought.”

South African Weather Service’s senior meteorologist Mduduzi Mthembu, said good rain can be expected today, Wednesday, 3 August.

“Beside Monday’s rainfall, we are expecting 60% rainfall on Wednesday evening for Ballito, Mandeni, KwaDukuza and Maphumulo areas,” said Mthembu.

Residents and ratepayers across iLembe are still urged to use water sparingly and to continue saving as much water as possible.

To report leaks and burst pipes or any water and sanitation related issues, please contact the 24 hour call centre on 032 437 9379 and like the ‘Ilembe District Municipality’ Facebook page for updates.

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