Warning of shortages as dam levels drop in KZN
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