Hazelmere Dam levels still very low

2015-10-06 18:30


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Durban – The water level at Hazelmere Dam has shown little improvement, remaining unchanged at an average of 30%, the eThekwini Municipality said on Tuesday.

According to statement, eThekwini’s senior manager for water operations Ashan Nandlal said while the recent rainfall had helped the farming community, it had no impact on the dam’s water level.

Looking at the historical trends, Nandlal said surplus run-off from the recent rainfall is realised at the dam only four to five days later, provided that it rained in the catchment area.

"Although the weather forecasters have predicted rains over the coming summer months, eThekwini Water and Umgeni Water are still continuing with contingency plans," said Nandlal.

Restrictions are in place and, depending on the level of the dam, tighter measures may be enforced over the holidays.

He said eThekwini Water was still proceeding with the Northern Aqueduct project and sections of it are planned to be operational by November.

He said the project would provide the flexibility to load-shift more areas from the Hazelmere Dam system to the Durban Heights System.

"It will reduce the consumption from Hazelmere Dam and help prolong the supply," said Nandlal.

He urged residents to continue to use water wisely.

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