KZN water levels remain critical - Umgeni Water

2016-03-22 14:55

Durban – Water levels in KwaZulu-Natal continue to stay at critical levels as the country moves into the drier autumn and winter months.

Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder said on Tuesday that many of the five million people it supplied in the province had already been asked to reduce consumption.

According to Harichunder, eThekwini Metro, Ugu District and Umgungundlovu Municipality were among those asked to reduce water consumption by 15%.

Harichunder added that Hazelmere Dam was at 39.8%.

"The level at Hazelmere has been better than it was a month ago, but this is still low. Over the past month we have had rainfall that is still below the average."

He said that the vital Spring Grove and Midmar Dam, within the Mgeni water system, were low at 46% and 35% respectively.

"In the catchment areas for these dams the rainfall has been very low. With rains expected to slow these areas are being monitored closely.”

Little rains predicted in coming months

Harichunder cautioned that with little rain in summer, the outlook for the coming winter was worrying.

"The situation looks bleak because it generally does not rain in autumn and winter in KZN. If the dam levels drop from where they are we would attempt to save the resource by reducing potable water supply and ask customers to reduce consumption.

"The situation is not looking good. The public are urged to use water sparingly and to recycle it."

The country has been plunged into a crisis, with five provinces now declared drought disaster areas. KwaZulu-Natal was one of the first provinces hit by the crisis.

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