Saving water is consumers’ obligation

2015-07-29 06:00

THE critical KZN drought or water crisis needs to be heeded by all water consumers. Water rationing has already been put into place in many areas and the Hazelmere Dam level is recorded at 28,39%.

Umgeni Water has pointed out that Hazelmere Dam’s reduced inflows are due to the worst drought in 30 years.

In an effort to augment water resource availability in the dam, an emergency pipeline has been constructed by Umgeni Water to transfer water from the uThongathi River to the dam.

However, Umgeni Water has pointed out that “the emergency scheme cannot, on its own, prevent the failure of the dam. This is the responsibility of the consumer and demand has to be reduced”.

Water-saving tips abound on the Internet and consumers need to adopt a culture and habit of saving water throughout their lives, not only during periods of drought. Perhaps the preponderance of load shedding has overshadowed the importance of the water crisis and has made consumers complacent.

This is a dangerous scenario. Consumers need a wake-up call and have to change their mind-set.

We must not forget, even for a moment, that water is life.


Darul Ihsan Centre

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