Water restrictions for holidaymakers in KwaZulu-Natal


Water restrictions for holidaymakers in KwaZulu-Natal

Matthew Savides | 2017-04-07 14:27:34.0

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Easter holiday visitors to KwaZulu-Natal have been urged to use water sparingly‚ as water restrictions remain in place even as dam levels in the province continue to rise.

“Thousands of visitors are expected in Durban‚ Pietermaritzburg and the north and south coasts of KwaZulu-Natal next weekend. Water consumption is expected to increase during this period and is likely to rise even further if high temperatures are experienced‚ as had been the case over the past two weeks‚” said Umgeni Water spokesman Shami Harichunder.

Restrictions of 15% were in place for towns – including Durban – supplied by the Mgeni system‚ largely due to below-average rainfall for the last four years.

This is despite some dam levels increasing as late summer rainfall hit KZN. The main Midmar Dam was at 75.56% this week‚ Mearns Dam at 93% full‚ Spring Grove at 83%‚ Nagle at 65.21% and Inanda at 66%. However‚ the Albert Falls Dam was at just 36.53%.

“Of concern to Umgeni Water is the level of Albert Falls‚ the largest dam in the Umgeni Water operational area‚ which has remained consistently in the 30%-range for almost a year. This dam supplies Durban North‚ Westville‚ KwaDabeka‚ Durban Central‚ Reservoir Hills and Pinetown. The amount of water in Midmar and Albert Falls dams is not sufficient to meet the full demand of eThekwini‚ Msunduzi and uMgungundlovu‚” said Harichunder.

He said that the situation was not likely to get better‚ with forecasts by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and South African Weather Service indicting that while some rainfall‚ likely to be below average‚ is expected in April‚ it was “not expected to make a significant difference to dam levels.”

“The need for sparing use of water‚ conservation of water and an acceptance by consumers that we still not out of the situation of water shortages still remain imperative. We are‚ therefore‚ appealing to consumers to save water and in this way ensure that the resource is available for future use‚” said Harichunder.

He provided the following times for saving water‚ for residents and holidaymakers

  • Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save six litres of water per minute
  • Place a cistern displacement device in your toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used in each flush
  • Take a shorter shower. Shower can use anything between six and 45 litres per minute
  • Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher as this removes the need for unnecessary washes in between
  • Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres a day or about 5 500 litres a year
  • Install a water butt to your drainpipe and use the water collected to water plants‚ clean a car and wash windows
  • Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1 000 litres of water an hour
  • Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass
  • Invest in water-efficient appliances when you need to replace household products. You can now buy water-efficient showerheads‚ taps‚ toilets‚ washing machines‚ dishwashers and many other water-saving products.

– TMG Digital/TimesLive

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