The eThekwini Municipality will be implementing water rationing from Monday, 20 June 2022, in all areas that are supplied by the Durban Heights Water Treatment Plant, which is operated and managed by Umgeni Water.
Water rationing has reportedly become necessary in eThekwini due to reduced water supply from the plant.
ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY TO IMPLEMENT WATER RATIONING
The eThekwini Municipality said the shortfall has been caused, by Umgeni Water being unable to receive adequate raw water from Nagle Dam because of extensive damage to two raw water pipelines in the April 2022 heavy rainfall. This will remain for the next 10-12 months.
“Umgeni Water continues to make progress in providing full contracted volumes of drinking water to eThekwini, a shortfall remains and will be eradicated when the damaged pipelines are repaired and recommissioned. According to a work schedule provided to Umgeni Water by the appointed contractor, repairs to the damaged pipes are expected to be completed by June 2023.
“To effectively manage this shortfall so that affected areas have access to some water for some parts of the day, eThekwini has introduced a system of rotational supply so that distribution is balanced on an equitable basis. This will remain in place until repairs of the pipelines are completed.”
CITY UNABLE TO MEET WATER DEMAND
Important water infrastructure, especially in Treatment Plants was extensively damaged during the April floods. Further damage was reported when torrential rains returned to parts of KwaZulu-Natal recently.
Following the floods, the Metropolitan Municipality shared that most areas within itself will experience a shortage of water supply. Certain areas have already been impacted by the water supply interruption.
Water tankers have been dispatched to areas that have been impacted by the water supply interruption.
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