UMVOTI RIVER RUNS DRY
UMVOTI RIVER RUNS DRY – KWADUKUZA RESIDENTS URGED TO USE WATER SPARINGLY
On Monday, 19th October 2015, His Worship the Mayor of iLembe District Municipality, Cllr Welcome Mdabe called an urgent media briefing where he officially declared that the Umvoti River has completely run dry.
The District Municipality has been experiencing a severe drought since September last year with certain areas of KwaDukuza and Ndwedwe receiving water at scheduled times of the day since July 2015.
At the press briefing which took place at the iLembe House Main Boardroom, Mayor Mdabe revealed that consumers i.e. residents, businesses, agricultural activities, schools and hospitals will now be subject to 50% water supply restrictions, in areas.
“On a normal day we supply approximately 17 million litres of water, but currently we can only supply nine million litres a day. As a District we are not in a position to open and shut water supply at certain times as this results in damage to equipment. Water supply will therefore be reduced. Some areas will receive water and some will not. Places on high ground will suffer mostly in the late evening when water usage is low,” said Cllr Mdabe.
The Mayor has urged residents to use water sparingly and to continue to save water. Residents must report pipe leaks and other related issues to the Municipality’s 24 hour call centre. The call centre can be contacted by telephone on 032-4379379 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Areas that are affected by this severe drought include the KwaDukuza Central Business District and the surrounding areas of Highridge, Warrenton, Stanger Manor, Townview, Rocky Park, Shakaville, Lindelani, New Guelderland and Glenhills, which are supplied through the Mvoti Waterworks.
At the briefing, Mayor Mdabe shared with news editors and journalists one of the major interventions the District Municipality has proposed which is to engage with KwaZulu-Natal Department of Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs to re-direct the funds from the Capital projects to the Drought Fund.
“Other measures include the continuous procurement of Jojo tanks and water tankers to fill up the Jojo tanks placed within communities. We are also looking at drilling additional boreholes to tap into ground water and other new water sources just to make the situation better for our people,” said His Worship.