Tugela River levels dropping

2016-05-11 06:00

THE iLembe District Municipality has announced that the Doringkop and Nonoti areas will be affected by the depleting water supply at the Tugela River as a direct result of the drought.

The iLembe District Municipality is currently experiencing low water productions at the San Souci and Mdlebeni schemes due to the low flows at the river.
According to the information received from the municipality, production over 24 hours is sitting at 450 kilolitres as opposed to one million litres.
This means that some areas may be without water already, as iLembe is able to abstract only half of the normal supply.
The affected areas include San Souci, Sakhamkhanya, St Christopher, Nonoti, Doyiza Tavern, Baptist Church, Nyathikazi, Ohlange, Kamu, Mdlebeni, Sadlokwe and Sokesimbone.

In the interim, water will be supplied through water tankers.

According to district mayor Welcome Mdabe, the district’s Supply Chain Management Unit has been engaged to assist in hiring an excavator to try and dredge the sand from the river, as a short term measure to try and redirect the flows towards the abstraction points.

iLembe appeals to all residents to exercise patience as water is being transported from Mandeni Local Municipality and it may take longer for water tankers to reach all areas.

iLembe has been one of the worst hit municipalities in the province crippled by the drought and as such residents are urged to continue to use water sparingly and to save water as much as possible.

Mdabe added, the district municipality apologises profusely to all residents and ratepayers.
“Your patience and understanding whilst we are dealing with this matter is highly appreciated.”

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