Concerns about damage to vital infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal

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The Midmar Dam.
The Midmar Dam.
Moeketsi Mamane

As dam levels in KwaZulu-Natal drop, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has raised concerns about damage to vital infrastructure.

The unrest and looting in different parts of the province has led to service delivery issues.

“You will note that there are some areas which have had water supply challenges and as such, we have, through our entities and various municipalities been augmenting water through water tankers,” said the department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau.

He added that, as a result of the ongoing looting and vandalism, it has been difficult for some municipalities to dispatch water trucks to local communities.

“It is for this reason that we implore members of the community to steer away from vandalising infrastructure and report such acts to local authorities,” Ratau said.

In the meantime, the province’s water storage capacity has declined from 71.6% last week to 71.4%.

“We have dams on the Umgeni water supply system which are doing fairly well, such as the Midmar Dam, which presently stands at 97.6%, a minimal decline from last week’s 98.1%,” said Ratau.

Levels in the Nagle Dam are down from 87.6% to 87.4% while the Albert Falls Dam, which supplies the eThekwini Metro and surrounding areas, is down from last week’s 53.9%, to 53.3%.

Inanda Dam on the Mgeni River is at 93.6%, down from 94.5% and Hazelmere Dam is below average at 45.8% from 46.9%.

Driel Barrage, Woodstock and Craigie Burn Dams remain at 87.2%, 93.2% and 100.4% respectively; but the Mearns Dam has dropped from 101.0% last week to 85.3%.

Spring Grove Dam is at 92.6%, Ntshingwayo Dam at 76.3%, Wagendrift Dam at 99.4% and Goedertrouw Dam is at 73.4%.

The DWS has noted declines at the Klipfontein, Hluhluwe and Pongolapoort Dams, which are sitting at 93.4%, 92.3% and 57.6% respectively.

Levels at the Bivane (96.1%) and Zaaihoek (78.4%) have remained the same.

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