Update on recent rains and water levels

2016-08-24 06:00

THE iLembe District Municipality has issued a formal apology to the residents of the Maphumulo, Ndwedwe and some parts of KwaDukuza local municipalities for the poor quality of water supplied through the Mvotshana Dam in Maphumulo.

On Saturday evening, 20 August the municipality had to shut down the Mvotshana plant as a result of the high turbidites caused by the recent rainfall.

This meant that no water was supplied to some parts of Maphumulo, Ndwedwe and one ward in KwaDukuza.

“We are pumping water right now, but it will take some time to reach all the other areas. The quality is not the expected level but it is safe for human consumption,” he said.

Affected wards include Maphumulo: wards 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as well as Ndwedwe; wards 3, 4 and 7 and lastly ward 27 of KwaDukuza.

Meanwhile, Umvoti production this past week has been averaging 16 megalitres per day and only one emergency shutdown was experienced due to some repairs on the pre-chlorinator.

“However, this did not have any effect on the levels. Levels for Saunders, Stanger Manor, Zinkwazi, High Ridge Townview and Saddle Ridge were between 70% and 90% last week. With only Kearsney averaging at a low 40% and other areas between 50% and 65%,” said outgoing mayor, Welcome Mdabe.

The Hazelmere Dam level is at 58, 1% with rainfall that was recorded around 56.3mm.
Unfortunately, Hazelmere supply is still curtailed at 30% with the time of use plan still in place in the Ndwedwe and Groutville areas.

Due to the Umvoti system showing signs of recovery, five water tankers hired for the KwaDukuza areas have been put off hire.

“We have 11 iLembe water tankers available for use with four in the workshop for repairs.

“There are three from the Department of Water and Sanitation and 12 that we have hired to supply areas affected by drought only,” said Mdabe, who will vacate his post on Thursday.

Residents and ratepayers across iLembe are still urged to use water sparingly and to continue saving as much water as possible.

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

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