AFTER almost four years of severe drought in Greytown and surroundings which forced residents to make plans to source water from other areas, residents rejoiced as Lake Merthely showed magnificent improvement from last month. The water level at the lake is currently sitting at 100% in March and April. The lake is regarded as a prime tourist attraction for uMvoti. But, over the past four years, it has been hit by massive water shortages that forced the uMzinyathi District to implement water restrictions. According to media and liaison officer at uMzinyathi District Municipality Mandisa Mbuyisa, this was “due to the rules on restriction that [were] imposed by the Department of Water and Sanitation as a regulator.” Mbuyisa added that regulations on restrictions could only be lifted when the water source was sitting at 90% full. Since February 20, the municipality opted to run the plant for 24hours and decided that restrictions would be lifted to monitor the lake levels on a daily basis and also to avoid the overflow of the Lake. Resident Audre Dutton and friends visited the lake recently, saying: “I feel blessed and excited because this is positive for the area. We have not seen it [the lake] overflowing like this for many years.”Another resident, Guy Platt, said it’s good news that the lake is overflowing. “The negative part of it is that the Craigburn pipeline has not been finished. Politicians must sort it out. Thirty five kilometers of the pipeline is finished and 1km is not finished,” Platt said.