Heavy rain brings some relief

2016-07-27 06:00
Photo: supplied Umvoti Waterworks employees were on site on Monday morning.

Photo: supplied Umvoti Waterworks employees were on site on Monday morning.

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DESPITE flash flooding in many parts of the iLembe District, the heavy rainfall experienced over the past few days has brought a slight improvement to production at the Umvoti Waterworks.

Levels on Monday morning were recorded at 14 megalitres compared to last Friday’s seven megalitres. Mayor Welcome Mdabe visited the Umvoti River and Waterworks on Monday morning to inspect the situation.

“Yesterday we were at 12 megalitres so it really is a slight improvement.

“If it continues like this and it rains for the whole week we are hopeful that the capacity will increase to at least 15 megalitres. At this point we are relying on rainfall only. We hope it will rain for at least the next four to five days,” said the mayor.

Water rationing

In order to save water, the district municipality introduced water rationing last week in the areas supplied through the Umvoti Waterworks.These areas include KwaDukuza CBD and the surrounding areas of Glenhills, Townview, Stanger Manor, Shakaville, Lindelani, New Guelderland, Highridge, Warrenton, Rocky Park, Lot 16, Memory Lloyds, Doesburg, Mbozambo and Stanger Heights.

“We are not out of the woods just yet so we urge residents to continue to use water sparingly and to report leaks and burst pipes.”

Regarding the levels at Hazelmere, reports indicate the Hazelmere Dam level was at 42.73 per cent on Monday.

This is a small decrease from 43.07 per cent measured on Tuesday, 19 July. It is believed that the rains experienced over the past few days have yet to reached the dam. Water restrictions will continue until the dam is at least 60 percent full.

Water supply is closed every day at 10am and opened at 4pm and then closed again at 10pm and opened at 4am.

“Even though these are set times to close and open supply, this is dependent on the water levels at the reservoirs.”

“Other areas, especially those high-lying areas may not have water even during the times we are supposed to open supply and that is because there is just no water in the reservoirs.

“We are really hoping that the rainfall will also improve the capacity of our boreholes at the river. At the moment, there is one borehole with water out of the six boreholes that were installed to help deal with the drought,” added the mayor.

While majority of the flooding in KwaDukuza did not cause any significant damage, the EMRS iLembe base was severely affected.

According to IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst, EMRS iLembe’s communications systems were completely destroyed and calls were being relayed to eThekwini and Pietermaritzburg. The new base was completely flooded and vehicles were all trapped nearly half way under water.

Flooding also severely affected the R74 opposite the Stanger Secondary School where water collected under the bridge. The road had to be closed and traffic was diverted. According to reports a vehicle was trapped nearly fully submerged, however no injuries or casualties were reported. KwaDukuza traffic officers remained at the bridge until nightfall to redirect traffic.

Water supply is closed every day at 10am and opened at 4pm and then closed again at 10pm and opened at 4am.

To report leaks and burst pipes or any water and sanitation related issues, please contact iLembe’s 24 hours call centre on 032 437 9379 and like the ‘Ilembe District Municipality’ Facebook page for updates.


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