Water dialogue held in Margate

2015-12-03 06:00
PHOTO: norman hlophe Ugu Deputy Mayor, Mondli Chiliza talks to Ugu Mayor, Ntombifikile Gumede at the Water Dialogue meeting at Margate Hotel.

PHOTO: norman hlophe Ugu Deputy Mayor, Mondli Chiliza talks to Ugu Mayor, Ntombifikile Gumede at the Water Dialogue meeting at Margate Hotel.

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UGU District Municipality held a water dialogue session at the Margate Hotel on Friday where stakeholder from different sectors were invited to engage in discussions concerning the drought and what can be done to make ensure that water interruptions do not impact negatively on the tourism sector and local economy.

“We are gathered here today at this dialogue on water challenges which is the first of its kind in our district seeking to promote co-operation and share experiences with you as our key stakeholders on the current water­ challenges facing our district due to drought conditions,” said Ugu mayor, Ntombifikile Gumede.

She said dialogue also seeks to ensure that an integrated approach with programmes is developed and that innovations are identified to address challenges of water provision within our areas of jurisdiction as a district municipality.

“Recently the incidence of salt water which affected most areas under the Hibiscus Coast Municipality was a clear signal of the extent of water challenges confronting us. A series of opinions have been expressed on various public platforms regarding this occurrence,” she said.

“As a municipality, ours was to ensure that we put systems in place in order to ensure that we salvage the situation. Also, this incident has made us to realise that during a crisis situation, everyone whose observing from outside becomes an expert on what should have been done,” added Gumede.

She said the effects of climate change are evident by the below average rainfall received which has impacted negatively on our dam levels.

“Our rivers, which are our source of water production, are drying up. This is a period where no one should look away and pretend we are not in a water shortage crisis,” said Gumede.

“This is a period where all of us must acknowledge the water shortage as a problem. Each one of us must be responsible and play their part in conserving water. We need to make lifestyle changes to reduce water consumption. We all need to play our part during this difficult period by adhering to the water restrictions.”

A study on non-revenue water conducted by the Water Research Commission reveals that the country loses at least 37% of its water through non-revenue water.

“We are aware now that non-revenue water is a product of many factors, which all amounts to water leaks,” she added.

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