North Coast Water restrictions

PERSISTENT drought in the iLembe District has resulted in the area being declared a disaster zone.

iLembe Municipality mayor Welcome Mdabe, on Monday, announced that the North Coast water shortage issue has reached “crisis” proportions.

The mayor was speaking at a conference at the KwaDukuza Auditorium.

This comes after many areas are now short of water, and restrictions have recently been implemented.

Mdabe explained that drought conditions over the last year have resulted in most North Coast dams, rivers and borehole supplies running extremely low.

Mdabe said authorities recognised the challenge in June this year and it has escalated “faster than they thought”.splash

The main water sources affected are the Mvutshane Dam, which is operating at half capacity daily, and the Hazelmere Dam, the capacity of which has dropped radically from 100% in March to 49% this week.

Mdabe said the municipality and water service providers have implemented level three water restrictions. This means 20 to 50% water saving by consumers.

The municipality had leased 15 water tankers to supply rural areas, but as this proved not enough, a further 20 have been hired. The tankers are taking water from sources in Etete and Sundumbili, Mandeni.

He said the provision of about 20 000 litres of water twice a day to affected areas is costing the municipality R4000 per vehicle per day.The municipality is also procuring a further 359 Jojo tanks to these areas. The effort is expected to cost R24 339 000.

Longer term plans include damming more rivers, such as the Mvoti River in the Greytown area, as well as the Tugela River. The building of a desalination plant is also on the cards, the site of which is likely to be near La Mercy. The municipality is currently working on a 100 year supply strategy.

People must conserve water wherever runningwaterpossible,” said Harichunder.

Water restrictions have been placed on Siza Water concession areas – from Zimbali through to Tinley Manor, Shakaskraal, Etete and Nkobongo – since the week of 24 September. Use of hosepipes, washing of driveways, roofs and vehicles and use of irrigation systems is banned, until further notice. for restriction details.

Authorities will update the public via local media.

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