Cri­sis looms

Warn­ing of short­ages as dam lev­els drop in KZN

Weekend Witness - - Ne Ws - NALINI NAIDOO

KZN dam le vels have dropped sharply and wa­ter short­ages loom as tem­per­a­tures soar while the prov­ince con­tin­ues to e xperience belo w­av­er­age r ain­fall.

Um­geni Wa­ter yes­ter­day is­sued a dire warn­ing that the South C oast was al­ready e xpe­ri­enc­ing a w ater cri­sis.

Dur­ban and Pi­eter­mar­itzburg are rel­a­tively safe for now, but if cur­rent trends con­tinue, w ater short ages c ould be­come an is sue b y mid­ 2015.

Um­geni Wa­ter spokesper­son Shami Harichun­der said the ef­fects of drought were al­ready be­ing felt in the mid­dle of the South Coast re­gion — the Mz­into Sys­tem.

He said dam lev­els had fallen dras­ti­cally. The EJ Smith Dam was cur­rently at 11 %, Nung­wane Dam at 3 2% and Umz­into Dam at 2 9%.

Harichun­der said c on­ser­va­tion mea­sures w ere be­ing intr oduced and they were look­ing at con­tin­gency mea­sures.

He added that the Ix­opo and North Coast (H azelmere and U mvut­shane

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