UGU District is among KwaZulu-Natal districts that is facing water scarcity, exacerbated by increasing demand, unmanageable use of water and climate change.
Water remains a critical natural resource for sustainable economic and social development as well as for maintaining healthy ecosystems. It is therefore crucial that water be conserved, managed and used sparingly to achieve socioe-conomic development.
During the past festive season, the southern part our district (Hibiscus Coast) experienced an extremely high demand for water, which was somewhat attributed to high volumes of visitors. Despite this, the municipality ensured that plans were put in place to ensure that the affected areas had access to water through various means.
The northern part of the district (Umdoni, Umzumbe and Vulamehlo) experienced a stable supply of water with routine maintenance being attended to. Umuziwabantu still remains a highly affected area with the drought as water supply in most areas is being restricted due to a water shortage. As the heatwave continues and dam levels plummet in the area because of a lack of significant rain, consumers are still being urged to use the available water responsibly and sparingly.
Overall, our water systems are under severe stress due to high water consumption in most areas. Our obligation as a district municipality of extending and sustaining water access to 84 municipal wards, culminating into six local municipalities in the district, is still under way.
With the population close to a million people, who are dependent on our provision of water and sanitation, the municipality is continuously engaged in expanding and maintaining our infrastructure to enable us to ensure that all communities have adequate access to our services.
The little rain received, accompanied by high temperatures with high evaporation rates, have translated into less water to our storage dams.
The municipality has put in place measures to ensure the protection of water resources and its sustainable use and is in the process of instituting water restrictions in areas where high water consumption has been identified, this in an effort to conserve water and manage demand.
Water restrictions to be implemented will prohibit watering of gardens with hosepipes or a sprinkler system, washing vehicles with hosepipes and filling swimming pools.
Ugu District Municipality will continue to promote working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for our communities.