Water check to last

2016-02-22 15:00
Lindiwe Mbatha and her grandchild, Lucia, stock up on water for the next day. The two, who live in the village of Khula, near St Lucia, walk kilometres to the pump every day to fill up their two 25-litre bottles of water that will get them through the day.

Lindiwe Mbatha and her grandchild, Lucia, stock up on water for the next day. The two, who live in the village of Khula, near St Lucia, walk kilometres to the pump every day to fill up their two 25-litre bottles of water that will get them through the day. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi Municipality has addressed some concerns raised by consumers following a directive by the KwaZulu-Natal water and sanitation department to cut water consumption by 15%.

“The new [water] pressure standard is viewed as a long-term solution in improving water distribution efficiency and consequently, as long as the minimum pressures are supplied, it will become a permanent arrangement during the drought period,” the municipality said in a statement on Friday.

The 15% lower water pressure will cut water leak volumes and the number of pipe bursts.

The reduction will extend the life of the water distribution system and ensure that consumers receive water in the future. It will also lower the operating costs of the municipality, which ultimately lowers the cost of water for the consumer.

About 90% of consumers will not notice any tangible change in pressure, the municipality said.

The water pressure will be lowered in all areas of the municipality.

The Msunduzi Municipality’s release also stressed there would be no negative consequence to monthly water consumption and bills, “so consumers will not be paying more as a result of this exercise”.

“Even though the average system pressures are being lowered, consumers will still have access to the same volume of water as they are used to.”

All water-consuming appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines will need to be checked to ensure that they can continue to operate under a minimum of pressure of 100 kPa /10 m /1,0 bar, but most appliances such as hot water geysers, heat pumps and solar panels should continue unaffected.

For consumers who have spaced-irrigation systems, some minor adjustments may be necessary to ensure continued coverage.

Some customers may experience lower pressure than the minimum 100 kPa/10 m/1,0 bar, due to the age and condition of their internal plumbing, the presence of leaks on their property, or if the dwelling is substantially higher than their consumer meter. In each of these instances, the consumer will need to identify and address the cause of the problem, and be responsible for the costs incurred.

— Witness Reporter.

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