Drought strategies

2016-01-27 06:00

IF the drought continues Midmar Dam levels could be sitting at 10% by December.

uMgungundlovu District Municipality released a statement saying they are planning to roll out a comprehensive drought awareness campaign following the severe drought conditions that have gripped KwaZulu-Natal.

An executive committee meeting was held last Thursday where the issue of the drought was raised as a serious concern.

uMgungundlovu municipal spokesperson Mbeko Nzimande said the district is one of those that is being compelled to impose 15% water restrictions on domestic and industrial and/or commercial users and an up to 50% restriction on irrigation and/or agricultural use.

“The briefing at the meeting by the uMDM technical department painted a grim picture for the coming weeks and months,” said the statement.

“An example was made that if the current drought levels continue the Midmar Dam water levels would drop to the level of 10% in December 2016.

The uMgungundlovu Mayor, Yusuf Bhamjee, said the municipality has to come up with creative programmes to mitigate this drought disaster.

“We have millions of people living in rural and semi-rural areas whose water supply is under serious threat,” he said in the statement.

“We have a sizeable number of farms and other agricultural enterprises, so the water restrictions will affect us tremendously … having a profound effect on our service delivery capacity.”

Although the council is still awaiting the go-ahead from the joint operations committee on water restrictions, it was readying itself to comply fully with the “imminent” water restrictions.

Exco has called on communities and individuals­ to promote efforts to save water and report leaks.

Bhamjee said in the statement that Exco undertook to continue to send water tanks and other emergency measures to the worst affected communities.
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