Water crisis intensifies in Kokstad

2015-11-13 06:00


THE drought in Kokstad is deepening and the community is urged to use water sparingly, this after the Harry Gwala District Municipality revealed at a meeting with the Greater Kokstad Municipality and the Kokstad Chamber of Commerce last week that the water level at Crystal Springs Dam that supplies Kokstad, Shayamoya, Horseshoe, Mphela and Bhongweni, is below 20%.

Kokstad Chamber of Commerce PRO Margi Flemming, she said water levels could even be lower than 20% because of silt in the dam.

She said Kokstad is only left with approximately one week of water supply from Crystal Dam.

“Our current water system is dire. We once again urge community members to use water sparingly, hosepipes are banned. Sadly, flowers, lawns, driveways and clean cars will have to be forgone until we have had decent rains to fill our rivers and dams,” she said in a statement.

Flemming said in a follow-up disaster management meeting this week, it was discussed and revealed that an alternative water supply has been sourced and will be accessed shortly.

The water challenges in Kokstad come following announcements by Cogta two week ago about Harry Gwala District being the latest to be hit by major water restrictions in KZN.

Harry Gwala District Municipality spokesperson Ndabezitha Tenza said the drought is a major disaster that is also affecting other parts of the country.

“The water crisis is intensifying and it is fast becoming a national crisis. Our district is one of the hardest hit areas, but we are not folding our arms.

The district in partnership with Cogta is rolling out intervention measures such as water restrictions.

Kokstad has reduced its water supply from 14.5 mega litres a day to 10 mega litres a day.

“We cannot stress enough how crucial co-operation from the community is at this point in time. Officials from both the district and the province are in discussion with regards to the water to find short- and long-term solutions to water problems,” he added.

A mass prayer for rainfall was held in Kokstad yesterday.

Water level at Crystal Springs Dam that
supplies Kokstad,
Shayamoya, Horseshoe, Mphela and Bhongweni, is below 20%. Kokstad
is only left with approximately one week of
water supply from
Crystal Dam

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