Hazelmere Dam level remains low

2015-10-14 06:00

HAZELMERE Dam water level has remained unchanged at an average of 30%, according to eThekwini Municipality’s Water and Sanitation Unit. The city’s senior manager for water operation, Ashan Nandlal, said while recent rains have helped the farming community, the rains have however, not impacted on the dam’s levels.

Nandlal said looking at the historical trends, surplus runoff from the recent rains is only realised at the dam approximately four to five days later, provided it rained in the catchment area. “Although the weather forecasts have predicted rain over the coming summer months, eThekwini Water and Umgeni Water are still continuing with contingency plans,” he said. Restrictions are currently in place, and depending on the level of the dam, tighter measures may be enforced to further reduce the demand over the coming (year-end) holidays.eThekwini Water is still proceeding with the Northern Aqueduct project where a section of it is planned to be operational by November. This will provide the flexibility to load-shift more areas from the Hazelmere Dam system to the Durban Heights System, said Nandlal. “It will further reduce consumption from Hazelmere Dam and help prolong the supply even further,” said Nandlal, urging consumers living in drought- affected areas to use water sparingly. Chris Buitendach, resort manager at Perna Perna Umdloti, said businesses had already introduced several water-saving measures. “One of the measures is that we will not be changing towels during your stay. The unit is equipped with a clothes horse for the drying of towels and cleaners will be instructed to hang all used towels out every day,” he wrote in a notice letter to clients. - Supplied

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