Water situation for festive season

2016-12-21 06:01

UMGENI Water’s largest system which supplies water to an estimated four million consumers in uMgungundlovu District, Pietermaritzburg and much of Durban remains under stress as the drought continues its firm grip on KwaZulu-Natal.

According to Shami Harichunder, Umgeni Water Corporate Stakeholder manager, 30% water restrictions have been implemented in Maphumulo, iLembe District, as a result of the town’s main source of raw water, Imvutshane River, having dried up.
Water is being transferred from Hlimbithwa River into Imvutshane River through an emergency scheme for supply to and treatment at Maphumulo Water Treatment Plant.

In the remaining two systems of Umgeni Water, Middle South Coast and Hazelmere, all water restrictions have been lifted following good rains in August, September, October and November.

“In the Hazelmere system, potable water production at Hazelmere Water Treatment Plant has returned to pre-drought levels, meaning there is adequate water to meet eThekwini Metro’s full demand for supply to Verulam, Waterloo, Sea Tides and La Mercy, and iLembe’s requirements for supply to Ballito, Umhlali and parts of Ndwedwe. Restrictions were lifted after Hazelmere Dam began filling rapidly because of good rainfall,” said Harichunder.
The dam is currently at 68%, an increase of 42% from November 2015. From mid-2014 to June 2016 the supply area of Hazelmere Dam was in a state of drought which necessitated the introduction of 40% water restrictions.?

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