North Coast Water Restrictions
Residents of Verulam, Tongaat and areas up to Ballito face looming water restrictions by the eThekwini Municipality if they do not respond positively to calls to save water. This was the urgent appeal made by eThekwini Municipality’s head of Communications, Ms Tozi Mthethwa, as the water levels in the Hazelmere Dam continue to drop and has now reached 44 percent.
The head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation Unit (EWS), Ednick Msweli, briefed the executive committee meeting on Tuesday at City Hall and he said that the dam has continued to drop over the past months due to a lack of adequate rainfall caused by the El Nino weather pattern.
“We are worried that our people have not responded positively to our warning about the water situation. Umgeni Water, which is our bulk water supplier, has told us that we may have to impose water restrictions if the current consumption rate is not reduced. At the moment, it is still voluntary but we are closer to the critical level,” he said.
He added, “At the moment we are at a Level 3 which means that we must save water by about 30 percent. We are now very close to Level 4 whereby we would be forced to implement water restrictions. If the current consumption trend continues the dam could be empty by April 2015.”
The Hazelmere Dam supplies areas like Verulam, Grange, Redcliff, Waterloo, Trenance Park, Westbrook, La Mercy, Sea Tides, Emona, Burbreeze and Umdloti, as well as, areas under Ilembe District Municipality, including Ballito.
EXCO members urged EWS to intensify campaigns to educate communities about water saving.
“The only solution is to inform the community to save water and we must also intensify our campaign to deal with water leaks. Let’s hope that we will not reach the worst-case scenario,” said Mayor James Nxumalo.
The scary reality of Level 4 Water Restrictions could be just weeks away if we do not receive good rains in the necessary catchment areas. We are urged to use our precious resource sparingly, and avoid all unnecessary usage.
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