Municipality to implement stringent water restrictions

2015-07-23 06:00

THE municipality is to implement mandatory water restrictions to consumers using in excess of their allocated quota in areas supplied by the Umzinto water supply system, Mtwalume water supply system and South Coast bulk pipeline supply system.

Water conservation appeals made by the municipality to communities and businesses have not yielded the desired outcome as there has been no change in water- consumption patterns and our water resources are facing the possibility of drying up. This left the municipality with no option but to implement stringent water restrictions in an effort to safeguard available water in our systems.

The Umzinto dam water level is currently at 19% and is dropping by a significant one percent a day. This poses a serious threat to water supply in areas like Umzinto, Scottburgh, Malangeni, Pennington, Amahlongwa, Amandawe and surrounding areas. It is the municipality’s view that water is life and therefore preserving this resource becomes our obligation towards sustaining the livelihood of our communities.

The planned water restrictions, which will take effect from August, is intended to curtail water consumption to ensure that the existing water supply sustains communities for a prolonged period until the arrival of significant rainfall.

It is no myth that our district is faced with a water crisis so communities are urged to heed the call of safeguarding every drop of available water.

The district’s water sources are currently under severe stress due to high demand and an appeal is made to residents to significantly adjust their water-consumption patterns.

The municipality encourages the community to forward water and sanitation-related queries, leaks and burst pipes and illegal water connections to their ward councillor or call 08000 WATER (92837) or 039 688 5830/36 or SMS 44751.

Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for communities

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