- Dec 29, 2008
Water restrictions in KwaZulu-Natal have been lifted because the levels of five dams in the province have improved.
The decision to remove restrictions of 15% for industry‚ business and residential and 50% for agriculture was taken by Deborah Mochotlhi‚ acting director-general of the Department of Water and Sanitation‚ said Umgeni Water spokesman Shami Harichunder on Friday.
The Mgeni system supplies drinking water in bulk to eThekwini‚ uMgungundlovu and Msunduzi municipalities‚ to an estimated four million consumers.
Harichunder said the announcement‚ published on Friday in the Government Gazette‚ meant that restrictions in “80% of the eThekwini region‚ all of uMgungundlovu and all of Msunduzi‚ including‚ Pietermaritzburg‚ have officially come to an end with immediate effect”.
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KwaZulu-Natal’s water security is under threat with the province’s critical catchment in the Drakensberg area having recently experienced the driest December and January since 1948.
One of the dams hardest hit by the below average rainfalls in the catchment is Albert Falls, the largest dam in Umgeni Water’s operational area.
Msunduzi and the water utility have made an appeal to consumers to use water sparingly even though restrictions were lifted by the national government in August last year.
Four years ago, Umgeni Water implemented water restrictions of 15% in a bid to conserve water due to the province’s crippling drought.
On Monday acclaimed hydrology expert Dr Michele Warburton told The Witness that the Cathedral Peak’s situation was concerning.
The researcher with the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) — which has been monitoring the Peak catchment since the 1940s — said “the area was crucial for KZN’s water supply”.
“This past December was our driest December on record — since we started monitoring in 1948.”
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/sunday-tribune/news/umgeni-water-confident-there-is-enough-water-supply-for-kzn-20056359Durban - UMGENI Water is optimistic that there will be no water restrictions this year as steady rain improved conditions compared to the same period a year ago.
However, residents were urged to use water sparingly because the demand exceeded supplies.
Umgeni Water chief executive, Thami Hlongwa, speaking at a briefing to mark World Water Week, said they were hopeful the supply would be enough to go through the winter season without restrictions.
“Right now we are trying to balance the water we receive in our dams as well as the output in terms of what we supply to our consumers.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-06-14-crippling-drought-poses-threat-to-tourism-in-northern-kzn/The northern areas of KwaZulu-Natal are in the grip of a severe drought, with dams and rivers fast drying up.
The Jozini dam is so low authorities fear that, by the time winter is over, it will have run out of water. The drought has affected game reserves, lodges and other establishments frequented by foreign and local tourists.
Thapelo Msimang, events and conference centre manager at Jozini Tiger Lodge, said without adequate water his establishment would have to turn away tourists who had already booked at the venue on the banks of Lake Jozini.
“We are praying that it doesn’t come to that because the livelihood of more than 28 permanent staff would be threatened. We just hope that we will have enough rains in the weeks and months ahead,” he said.
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The appeal from the local water utility comes after Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Minister Sisulu, this week warned the nation to conserve water or live with the consequenceszululandobserver.co.za