Richards Bay could run dry - Department of Water and Sanitation

2016-07-05 21:13

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Johannesburg – Government is spending millions to prevent Richards Bay from running out of water, possibly within the year.

A total of R700 million had been set aside to ensure the area had a reliable water supply, Water and Sanitation Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said on Tuesday.

"The uMhlathuze municipal area and considerable portions of the surrounding rural areas, including in the uThungulu district municipality, are in the grip of a severe drought and could possibly run dry in 20 weeks," he said.

Short- and medium-term options included budgeting R410m to upgrade the Thukela Goedertrouw transfer scheme, through which water was pumped from the Thukela River to the Goedertrouw Dam.

Once completed, the scheme was expected to stabilize the water supply for approximately 15 years, according to current growth projections in the region.

The department was procuring mobile desalination plants at a cost of R350m. These would be used to produce clean, drinkable water until the scheme had been upgraded.

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