State of water supply in the district

2016-01-14 06:00

UGU District is among KwaZulu-Natal districts that is facing water scarcity, exacerbated by increasing demand, unmanageable use of water and climate change.

Water remains a critical natural resource for sustainable economic and social development as well as for maintaining healthy ecosystems. It is therefore crucial that water be conserved, managed and used sparingly to achieve socioe-conomic development.

During the past festive season, the southern part our district (Hibiscus Coast) experienced an extremely high demand for water, which was somewhat attributed to high volumes of visitors. Despite this, the municipality ensured that plans were put in place to ensure that the affected areas had access to water through various means.

The northern part of the district (Umdoni, Umzumbe and Vulamehlo) experienced a stable supply of water with routine maintenance being attended to. Umuziwabantu still remains a highly affected area with the drought as water supply in most areas is being restricted due to a water shortage. As the heatwave continues and dam levels plummet in the area because of a lack of significant rain, consumers are still being urged to use the available water responsibly and sparingly.

Overall, our water systems are under severe stress due to high water consumption in most areas. Our obligation as a district municipality of extending and sustaining water access to 84 municipal wards, culminating into six local municipalities in the district, is still under way.

With the population close to a million people, who are dependent on our provision of water and sanitation, the municipality­ is continuously engaged in expanding and maintaining our infrastructure to enable us to ensure that all communities have adequate access to our services.

The little rain received, accompanied by high temperatures with high evaporation rates, have translated into less water to our storage dams.

The municipality has put in place measures to ensure the protection of water resources and its sustainable use and is in the process of instituting water restrictions in areas where high water consumption has been identified, this in an effort to conserve water and manage demand.

Water restrictions to be implemented will prohibit watering of gardens with hosepipes or a sprinkler system, washing vehicles with hosepipes and filling swimming pools.

Ugu District Municipality will continue to promote working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for our communities.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.