RESIDENTS of numerous KwaDukuza suburbs have been left with no water following the shutdown of the Umvoti Waterworks on Monday. The shutdown was a result of the ongoing drought affecting the province. According to iLembe District Mayor Welcome Mdabe water levels at the Umvoti abstraction point have dropped drastically. Following the shutdown the status of the river levels has unfortunately not improved. As a result production at the plant has dropped drastically from 18 million litres a day to approximately 11 million litres a day.Close to 10 000 consumers, including households and businesses in the following areas are affected: KwaDukuza CBD and the surrounding areas of Highridge, Warrenton, Stanger Manor, Townview, Rocky Park, Shakaville, Lindelani, Lot 16, Memory Lloyds, Doesburg, Mbozambo, Stanger Heights, New Guelderland and Glenhills, which are supplied through the Mvoti Waterworks.“iLembe District Municipality and Umgeni Water are working tirelessly to resolve the problem and are currently looking at options to clear out the entrance to the abstraction channel to enable more flow into the abstraction,” said Yvonne Mathonsi, iLembe director: Corporate Governance. According to Mdabe, iLembe is one of the worst municipalities in the province crippled by the drought and as such residents are urged to continue to use water sparingly and to save water as much as possible. “The district municipality apologises profusely to all residents and ratepayers. Your patience and understanding is highly appreciated.”For further enquiries please contact the iLembe 24 hour call centre on 032 437 9379 and like the iLembe District Municipality and Stanger Weekly Facebook pages for updates.