'Watershedding' on the cards for KZN

2015-11-17 18:33
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Durban - Bulk water supplier Umgeni Water would implement restrictions in major parts of KwaZulu-Natal from next week.

Umgeni spokesperson Shami Harichunder told News24 on Tuesday Umgeni Water, in conjunction with iLembe District Municipality, eThekwini Metro and Sembcorp had agreed to implement a 50% water restriction from November 23.

Harichunder said restrictions at the 50% level generally meant between six and eight hours of no water per day, but reiterated implementing the bulk restriction was still up to the municipality.

“We have done this to ensure there is some water for consumers in coming months. The restriction implementation itself will be the responsibility of the municipalities, but we will only be supplying 50% of bulk water.”

Harichunder said the decision was made due to the critical 25.8% level currently in the vital Hazelmere Dam.

“The rains brought around 28mm of rain, which made little difference. [It] stabilised the level at Hazelmere, but did not assist with what is required.”

Harichunder cautioned coastal holidaygoers to consider the restrictions in place.

“People on holiday must also be mindful of the water crisis and try to conserve while on the coast.”

The country has been plunged into a drought 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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