New dam gives gift of clean water to six municipalities

2013-11-20 00:00

TWO million people in six KwaZulu- Natal municipalities will begin receiving clean water next year after President Jacob Zuma yesterday opened the sluice gates at the recently completed Spring Grove Dam in the Mooi River area.

Premier Senzo Mchunu said the completion of the R2 billion project means that 80% of the population in KwaZulu-Natal will have access to clean water within 200 metres of their homes. About 400 000 households have yet to be given such access.

Built in two years, the new dam will provide water to residents of the eThekwini, uMgungundlovu, Ugu, Sisonke and iLembe municipalities.

Addressing residents of Bruntville township in Mooi River, Zuma said that water was a scarce resource that needed to be looked after.

“You must take care of this water and allow no dirt in it,” he said, adding that it was the government’s intention to provide water and the electricity to all communities in South Africa, including the rural areas.

Mchunu also said people should remember that water is a scarce and valuable resource. “In the future, the wars will not be fought over oil, but over water,” he said, adding that considering the capacity of the dam (about 140 million cubic metres), they would negotiate with the national government to see if it cannot also supply water to the Msinga area, which is also in need.

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