Drought update

2016-02-03 06:00

THE water shortage crisis continues to have a negative effect in most parts of the city. Despite the recent rains, the drought remains severe with an above-average rainfall needed to break it.
Northern areas supplied by Hazelmere Dam are still under severe water restrictions due to the low water level at the dam. About 33 000 water restrictors have been implemented in areas supplied by the Hazelmere system to reduce the usage of water.
The city appeals to all residents to reduce their water consumption. Domestic, commercial and industrial consumption is to be reduced by 50% in the northern areas and 15% of normal consumption in the rest of the city.
The city's senior manager for water operations, Ashan Nandlall said if residents reduced their daily consumption by 15% it would not be necessary to implement further water restrictions.
Reducing water consumption in individual households will also have a positive impact on the dam levels.
Water-saving tips:
• fix leaking taps immediately as a dripping tap wastes up to 76 litres of water. A bucket can be placed under the tap until it is fixed. The collected water can be used for other purposes;
• use a bucket to collect water from the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up;
• reuse water - grey water (water used for another household purpose that can be reused) can be used for a number of purposes such as watering the garden;
• turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can save up to six litres of water per minute, and;
• don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily as the toilet uses about six litres of water every time you flush.
Water leaks and pipe bursts should be reported quickly and accurately in order for them to be repaired timeously. eThekwini Water Services staff are prioritising all severe bursts and leaks with repair teams deployed to hot spot areas to minimise water loss.
The eThekwini helpline operates 24 hours. Residents are encouraged to contact the call centre on 080 131 3013, or SMS 43554 to report any water-related matters.
- Supplied.

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