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Water and Sanitation urges KwaZulu-Natal residents to continue saving water

19 Nov 2020

KZN dam levels slightly rise, residents urged to continue saving water

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in KwaZulu-Natal once again calls on water users to use water sparingly despite the slight increase in water levels this week.

This comes as dam levels in the province have been deteriorating in the past few months. According to the Department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau, dam levels have this week slightly increased from last week’s 52.0% to 52.7%.

“The increase is like a mere drop in the ocean, hence we call on residents to increase their efforts to use water sparingly,” Ratau said.

Ratau said in order to provide water relief in different parts of the province, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu together with KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala are going to handover the uMshwathi Secondary Bulk and Primary Reticulation Supply Scheme on Sunday, 22 November 2020.

“This is one of the many ways the Department is implementing long-term solutions to address water scarcity concerns in the province. We are working very closely with all spheres of government to ensure that people are able to have access clean running water,” he said.

Ratau said the uMshwathi Secondary Bulk and Primary Reticulation Water Supply comprises of four phases which will in the end benefit more than 3 000 households.

“The larger part of the project is mainly farms who will also be supplied by the bulk water pipelines,” Ratau added. He said that the phases include the Trustfeed reticulation supply, Mpolweni, Thokozani and Claridge water reticulation supply and Swayimane reticulation upgrade.

“As we move with the implementation of long-term projects, we urge members of the community to stop vandalising water infrastructure and also report water leaks to their local municipalities,” he said.

Here’s a look at this week’s dam level status in KwaZulu-Natal:

DAM

STATUS LAST WEEK

STATUS THIS WEEK

Albert-Falls

28.4%

28.7%

Hazelmere

39.1%

42.9%

Spring Grove

37.3%

39.9%

Klipfontein

41.6%

42.3%

Pongolapoort

39.6%

39.2%

Mearns

101.2%

101.1%

Goedertrouw

51.3%

54.3%

Ntshingwayo

66.5%

69.7%

Zaaihoek

48.2%

48.2%

Spioenkop

82.1%

86.4%

Inanda

77.9%

79.5%

Midmar

90.9%

91.5%

Enquiries:
Sputnik Ratau
Cell: 082 874 2942

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