‘Stop wasting water’

2015-11-04 09:08
Greytown resident Nombali Malunga collects her ration of water at one of the water tanks supplied by the municipality and placed at almost every road corner. Water can no longer be pumped from the town’s Lake Merthley as the level is too low and taps

Greytown resident Nombali Malunga collects her ration of water at one of the water tanks supplied by the municipality and placed at almost every road corner. Water can no longer be pumped from the town’s Lake Merthley as the level is too low and taps (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - Residents of the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal have had salt water pouring from their taps as a direct result of the major drought the province is experiencing.

Yesterday, the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said it had received multiple reports of “salty tap water” in Port Shepstone, Margate and Hibberdene.

The statement said the salty water had been a result of the municipalities pumping water from rivers to try and balance the rapidly diminishing water supply.

“Cogta has dispatched its technical and disaster management teams to the South Coast,” spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said in a statement.

“Cogta is ensuring that the effects of the ongoing drought are minimised as much as possible and that all KZN communities continue to access water through emergency supplies, such as additional boreholes, water tankers or water pumps from alternative sources.”

Meanwhile, the eThekwini Municipality released a statement yesterday saying it would have to implement water restrictions in certain areas of the municipal district to conserve and save water during the drought.

“Arising from the crisis currently being experienced at the Hazelmere Dam, where the level has dropped to 29%, it has become necessary for eThekwini Municipality to impose strict water restrictions in several areas across Durban,” said municipal spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa. These areas include Waterloo, Verulam, La Mercy and uThongathi.

The statement said Hazelmere Water Treatment Works had reduced water production from 45 megalitres per day to 30 megalitres per day to meet a 30% reduction.

“The city has also found that many consumers have reverted to their bad habits of wasting water. The municipality urges consumers to continue with their water saving techniques as rains are still well below average,” said Mthethwa.

The areas where water saving was not being achieved or where the reservoirs were very low, were the areas that the municipality “shuts water according to the planned timetable”. “Water will be turned off to allow repairs to be carried out. Repairs and leaks are being prioritised in all drought-affected areas.”

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