A water crisis is looming warns Umgeni Water
The taps have run dry in Greytown in the KwaZulu-Natal interior, and Umgeni Water has warned it is “extremely” concerned by levels at the Midmar and Albert Falls dams, which feed Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Umgeni Water on Monday called on consumers to cut consumption to stave off “acute water shortages” in the province’s two biggest cities.
Early on Sunday, the Umvoti Municipality, which has a population of more than 100 000, cut water to taps in Greytown and its surrounds.
Residents who had previously received tap water for only four hours a day – between 4am and 8am – were now relying on JoJo tanks.
Head of disaster and fire at Umvoti, Bheki Vilakazi, said the municipality had only about 16 functioning boreholes and these were insufficient to replenish the local reservoir and meet demand.
Lake Merthley, which had supplied water to Greytown, dried up last year.
Vilakazi said the Muden waterworks, 24km north-west of Greytown, were supplying water tankers.
These trucked water to the JoJo tanks in Greytown and the townships of Nhlalakahle, Solomon Mzolo and France.
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