Dam levels low on the north coast
MHLATHUZE WATER has called oncommunities and industries inNorthern KwaZulu-Natal to use watersparingly duetoadecr ease in dam l eve ls.Mhlathuze Water , which supplies bulk water to the King Cetshwayo,Zu lu land and the uMkh any akud eD istricts a swell as industries , said due to dwindling level sat its dam sand low rainfall there was a need to closelymonitor water consumption.
The Goedetrouw Dam, which isMhlathuze Water’s main watersource for the greater Richards Bayarea, is currently sitting at below40,83%, and has not fully recoveredfrom the drought which ravagedthe northern parts of KwaZulu-Natalfive years ago.
The PongolaPoort Dam in Joziniis at 58,74%. This is markedlylower than last year.
“Despite the intermittent rainsthat we have been witnessing , wedo not have a water surplus ; weneed to prudently manage our watersupplies ,” said a statementissued by the office of the chief exe cut ive,Mhlathuze Water.
“While the water situation cannotbe described as dire in our catchment area due to multiple water sources , we need tore main mindful that Nor the rnKZN remainsextremely water scarce .“Communities and industries must closelymonitor their water usage in order to avert restrictions in future . Our message to communities in our areas of operation is that they must conserve water and get back to the basics of not washing their vehicles with hose pipes ,watering their plants with drinkable water and ensure that they attend to leaks .”
Mhlatuze Water said in its effortsto ensure water security in Northern KwaZulu-Natal it has embarked on major infrastructureupgrades, includingcommission in g a40 mega-litre per day water treatmentplant to service the uMkhanyakude District with po table water . Additionally , and as an interimmeasure ,boreholes are being sun kin the driest areas .— WR.