22 APRIL 2016
City's New Drought Intervention Plan
For immediate release;
EThekwini Municipality is severely affected by the current drought situation. Residents and businesses will experience on-going interrupted water supply until there is sufficient rainfall. Weather predictions indicate that there will be minimal rainfall in the next few months; therefore the available storage will be further depleted if we don’t continue to save more water.
The Municipality is committed to working with residents and businesses to prevent areas going without water for a long period of time. However, it is necessary to reduce water supply and demand in areas that are supplied from the Midmar and Albert Falls Dam Systems.
This will be achieved by limiting water supply at night between 21h00 and 04h00 in the morning to allow the reservoirs to fill up for the next day. This intervention commences on Friday, 22 April 2016.
This dire situation requires all of us to change our daily water usage patterns.
Midmar Dam supplies water to areas such as Pinetown, Cato Ridge, KwaXimba, Umbumbulu, Georgedale, Hammarsdale, Shongweni, Salem, Umlazi and parts of Folweni.
Albert Falls Dam supplies areas such as Durban North, Umhlanga, Verulam, KwaMashu, Ntuzuma, Newlands, Westville, Reservoir Hills, KwaDabeka, Clermont, Pinetown, Queensburgh, Chatsworth, Umlazi and parts of Folweni.
The water level at Midmar Dam has dropped to 46% while Albert Falls Dam has reached a low of 34%.
Umgeni Water, which supplies water to eThekwini Municipality, has already started to reduce water supply in order to control the demand and usage patterns. This is very important because it will provide us with continued water supply.
In this way we can ensure that water is available to consumers during the day. The Municipality will engage businesses and public facilities to ensure their operational plans are in line with the current water management plan.
We are confident that this intervention will achieve the required water saving. However, if we are not able to achieve this, an option of limiting water supply during the day will be considered.
Other initiatives by the Municipality to achieve the saving of water include pressure reduction, installation of water meter restrictors, fines and penalties for those with high water usage.
The drought is a reality. However, together we can successfully reduce the impact of the drought by changing our behaviour every day. It is possible to reduce the amount of water we use. We can all do it.
Play Your Part. Save Water Now!
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s spokesperson, Thulani Mbatha.
For more information members of the media can contact Thulani Mbatha on 031 311 4820 or thulani.mbatha1@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za