Durban’s drought crisis worsens

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The Albert Falls Dam in KwaZulu-Natal has reached its lowest level in 20-years at 19.2%. Albert Falls feeds the Mayville Dam, which supplies water to at least 60% of residents in the eThekwini region.

Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder says the water authority is concerned about the critically low levels of the Albert Falls Dam.

Water restrictions are in place. Harichunder says the most affected areas are those which are supplied by the Durban heights system, which includes areas in the North, South, Central and Western regions.

“Umgeni water is experiencing concerns about the level of the Albert Falls Dam. It means that in effect there isn’t sufficient water at Albert Falls, then there won’t be sufficient water in Mayville Dam. That is why we’re in a situation of water restricts of 15%. Water conservation and sparing use of water has to remain in place.”

Meanwhile, Harichunder has called on eThekwini residents as well as holidaymakers to help conserve  water.

“We are in an abnormal situation, we must use water sparingly. Irresponsible use of water is not good. It is half the problem resulting to water shortage. The other half is due to the inadequate rainfall.”