Water shortage affects western region

2017-02-14 06:01
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WATER interruption in the western inner and outer regions has been a frustrating for residents, churches, schools and businesses.
According to a KwaNdengezi resident Nomusa Dlangamandla the water problem has been going on since last year.
“The municipality does not care about us. We have had this problem since last year.
“We had no water on Christmas Day as well. How can we live without water? Sometimes the water tankers don’t come to our area. The department must do something about this.”
Lyndhurst Primary School acting principal Bruce Whillier said the school was affected by the water shortage recently.
“On Friday 20 January there was no water and as a result I contacted our circuit manager, Mrs Sikosana, who told me to close the school for the day.
“Our security guard, Mr Mnikathi, was in contact with me to inform me of the outage. I also contacted our school governing body chairlady to inform her of the outage. All the staff turned up and as parents arrived [to drop their children off] we informed them that there was no water and they took their children home again.
“We contacted the parents via an SMS system we have at school so many got the message that the school was closed,” said Whillier.

“Since then, however, the school has had no further outages and is carrying on as normal. At the moment the water is flowing so the school is operating as normal.
“Although I do not live in New Germany some of our teachers do. They complained they have had a few problems with water for some time.”

officer Tozi Mthethwa said the drought has resulted in the level of Albert Falls Dam dropping to 26.1% since 20 January.

A proactive decision was taken by the Department of Water and Sanitation to impose restrictions to the greater Umgeni River system by 15%, which has not been achieved for domestic, industrial, commercial consumers and 50% for farming and irrigation with effect from December 2015.
“The municipality warns people to refrain from using the sprinklers, the hosepipes, filling their swimming pools, washing vehicles using hosepipes, etc, during this dire drought situation. The city will deal with illegal connections, high consumption and illegal car washes. Penalties will be imposed on those who do not adhere to the restrictions imposed.
“We urge the public to report all leaks, illegal use of water and bursts on the following platforms,” said
For more information contact the customer care line on 080 13 13 013 or WhatsApp the fault report line on 073 148 3477.
Affected reservoirs and areas:
• Mt Moriah Reservoir - Pinetown CBD, New Germany Industrial, Parts of Westmead, Ashley, Sarnia, Paradise Valley
• KwaNdengezi Reservoir - Kwandengezi and Coffee Farm
• Tshelimnyama 3 Reservoir - Tshelimnyama, KwaNdengezi, Dassenhoek, Kwalinda, Emansenseni and Stockville
• Tshelimnyama 2 Reservoir – Tshelimnyama
• Tshelimnyama 1 Reservoir - Tshelimnyama, Mpola, Thornwood, Marian Park, Pine View, Mariannridge, Nagina, Birchwood Park and Madiba valley
• Intake Reservoir - Klaarwater, Luganda, Intake, Khoselini and Welewele
• Birch Road Reservoir - Mariannridge Industrial Park and Nirvana Hills
• Washington Heights Reservoir - Umshinini, St Wendolins Ridge, Phumuphele and Savannah Park
• Berkshire Downs Reservoir – Clermont
• KwaDabeka 1 Reservoir - KwaDabeka and Wyebank kwaDabeka Clinic, KK hostel and Old age home
• KwaDabeka 2 Reservoir – KwaDabeka
• KwaDabeka 3 Reservoir – KwaDabeka
• Wyebank Reservoir - Wyebank, Molweni, Fannin Road, New Germany, Motalabad and KwaDabeka
• Methven and Mountain Ridge – Westville
• Club House and Hocking Place - Westmead


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