Good rainfall boosts middle South Coast’s water supply

2013-11-26 00:00

THE good rainfall in the past month has saved the middle South Coast from poss­ible water conservation measures during the dry December period.

Just over a month ago, the Umzinto, Nungwane and E.J. Smith dams were sitt­ing at around 40% and 50% respect­ively. These dams are the water supply for Scottburgh, Pennington, Kelso, Um­zinto and surrounds.

Thanks to the recent rains, the middle South Coast has been pulled out of danger level. These dams have reached healthy levels of between 98% and 101%, with the Umzinto and E.J. Smith dams overflowing.

Shami Harichunder, the corporate stakeholder manager at Umgeni Water, has confirmed that before the rainfall, the diminishing water levels of the above dams were a great cause of concern.

He said Umgeni Water was forced to recommend the Water Service Authority (Ugu District Municipality) to urge consumers to voluntarily use water sparingly.

“In October and in early November, the situation changed for the better when 225 mm of rainfall was recorded at Um­zinto Dam and 225 mm was recorded at E.J. Smith Dam. What this means is that there is now adequate water to supply consumers in the middle South Coast,” said Harichunder.

He said it was hoped that the good rainfall would continue well into the summer months as this will assist greatly in ensuring adequacy of resources in the three dams. He, however, urged consumers to continue to use water sparingly, now and in the future, as South Africa was a water-scarce country.

In other parts of the province, the storage level of Midmar Dam is currently lower than it was this time last year. Albert Falls Dam level is higher, and the levels of Ixopo Dam and Nagle Dam are lower than last year.

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