Drought campaign’s success in question

2016-05-13 08:27
Persisting drought conditions have led to the water level at Albert Falls dam dropping to 44,51%.

Persisting drought conditions have led to the water level at Albert Falls dam dropping to 44,51%. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - How effective is the city’s drought communication strategy?

This was debated yesterday at an executive committee meeting where the city reported that their campaign to alert people on water saving measures was successful.

However, DA councillor Judith Lawrence questioned its success.

“For the past four weekends, there has been no water in the Prestbury area. How successful is this drought campaign and are people actually saving water?” asked Lawrence.

She said the fact that some areas, especially Prestbury, were left without water over the weekends showed that “perhaps some people were using up all the water and not saving, as told to”.

Lawrence asked chairperson of the executive meeting Mayor Chris Ndlela if there was any way to measure if people were using less water.

However, did not answer her directly but said the situation is likely to worsen.

He said although Prestbury did not have water on the weekends, there were some communities without water for an entire week.

“We cannot politicise the situation. Nature has decided to reduce the water supply,” Ndlela said.

Acting municipal manager Boniwe Zulu said the city is in the process of installing water restricters to all households which will help in the quest to save water.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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