Water set to be short today as city reservoirs run low

2016-04-15 12:30

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Pietermaritzburg - The city’s water supply will be heavily constrained today after several reservoirs became critically low on Thursday.

Msunduzi water and sanitation manager Brendan Sivparsad said that although Umgeni Water have been abiding by their directive from the Department of Water and Sanitation, they allowed Msunduzi to receive more water earlier in the month.

However now, Umgeni Water will have to “balance the books” and reduce the water they distribute to Msunduzi in the next few days to make up for the extra water given earlier in the month.

“We have been begging for more water and Umgeni had given it to us but now they have to average everything out so they have cut back on our supply. I am hoping that our reservoirs will pick up overnight,” Sivparsad said yesterday.

He warned residents that water may be scarce today especially in the Edendale and Bisley areas.

“We are not trying to favour any community but this is all technical. The communities that get a reduced amount of water, in this case Edendale, is due to the system they are on and the hydraulics in the area,” he said.

Sivparsad said other areas such as Northdale and Clarendon reservoirs are critically low and urged residents to use water sparingly.

“We are trying everything in our power to ensure that residents at least have water during peak times like in the mornings before work or afternoons,” said Sivparsad.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness pleaded with residents to use water sparingly.

“Please do not run and store water, because this will just exacerbate the problem,” said Veness.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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