Umgeni Water asks to extend restrictions for another year

2017-07-15 11:30
Midmar Dam (Umgeni Water website)

Midmar Dam (Umgeni Water website)

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Durban - Umgeni Water has applied to the ministry of water and sanitation to extend water restrictions for another 12 months.

This was for mandatory water restrictions of 15% in the Mgeni system supply areas, the utility’s spokesperson Shami Harichunder said in a statement on Friday.

If approved, the implementation would be retrospective to July 1.

The request followed a series of meetings of the Mgeni system joint operations committee to discuss forecasts of below-average rainfall for the coming wet season.

The current restrictions require the four municipalities that receive water from the Mgeni system -  the uMgungundlovu and Ugu district municipalities, the Msunduzi local municipality, and eThekwini Metro - to produce water savings of 15%.

The Mgeni system includes the Midmar, Spring Grove, Mearns, Albert Falls, Nagle, and Inanda dams.

As an additional measure, Umgeni Water had reduced potable water production by 15% at its Midmar, DV Harris, Wiggins, Durban Heights and Amanzimtoti water treatment plants.

As estimated four million consumers, comprising households, industry, business and government services, receive water from the Mgeni system.

Insufficient water in the Midmar and Albert Falls dams were the reason for water shortages in the system. Water was being fed into the Midmar Dam from the Spring Grove Dam.

Water resources in the entire system were at approximately 60%, suggesting that it had not recovered sufficiently. The restrictions would fall away if the average amount of water in the system reached at least 70%.

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