Thousands of megalitres of water dumped to protect KZN dam’s wall

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Hazelmere Dam.
Hazelmere Dam.

More than 11 000 megalitres of water from the Hazelmere Dam, in Verulam, north of Durban, had to be dumped this week to prevent the collapse of the incomplete dam wall.

This happened while parts of the dam’s supply area in KwaDukuza, Maphumulo and Ndwedwe local municipalities experienced water outages due to several infrastructure and power issues.

According to Shami Harichunder, corporate stakeholder manager at Umgeni Water, a total of 11 608 megalitres of water had to be released from Hazelmere since Saturday, into the uMdloti River on the KZN North Coast.

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