It’s crisis stations, CHDM warns
THE Chris Hani District Municipality has indicated that due to the impact of the drought on water resources, both dams and underground, most of its rural schemes had collapsed.
“Furthermore, this state has yielded a growing demand for water to be carted to areas where there is no water at all.”
Schemes that are acutely affected include Thornhill, Matyhantya, Gqebenye, Kundulu, Mncuncuzo, Mabhentseni, Quntsa, Nkobongo, Ntlalukana and Machubeni (northern village).
Mqamelo said while CHDM was doing its best to provide water carting, the service could not be adequate due to the demand and the vastness of the district.
Dam levels are: Xonxa (Emalahleni) 96.5%, Ncora (Intsika Yethu) 84.2%, Tsojana (Intsika Yethu) 92.1%, Lubisi (Intsika Yethu) 43%, Waterdown (Enoch Mgijima) 58% with restrictions expected from 55%, Bonkolo (less than 10% below measurable level), Elliot (Sakhisizwe) 90%, Munnik (Emalahleni – Dordrecht) less than 10% below measurable level, Anderson (Emalahleni-Dordrecht) 0%, Paradise (Enoch Mgijima – Molteno) 85%, Jubilee (Enoch Mgijima – Molteno) 75%, Carnavon (Enoch Mgijima) 85%.
“The declining level in Klipplaat (Waterdown Dam), which provides raw water for the Komani area, is a cause for concern as we expect restrictions from the Department of Water and Sanitation as soon as the level reaches 55%. This, in turn, will further compel CHDM to intensify water restrictions.”
Dordrecht was relying on underground sources (boreholes) for water as both dams were empty. Water carting continued to augment the available sources.
“We call on households to use water sparingly and take advantage of any drop of rain to harvest water.“