Water-shedding to hit hard as drought worsens in Ladysmith

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The impact of the drought conditions currently being experienced continues to get worse across the uThukela District, as the Klip River is totally dry and empty.

As a result, uThukela District Municipality are no longer abstracting water from the Klip River, but are now only receiving water from Spioenkop Dam as the sole source.

The persistent drought crisis will have a ripple effect on consumers and the public at large.

The situation has prompted uThukela to review and reintroduce new measures to manage the supply of water.

The municipality plans to conduct briefing meetings with councillors, traditional leaders, community development workers, the business fraternity and community representatives to discuss the effects of the drought.

The public is urged to take note of the following revised information regarding water-shedding. As of Friday, November 10, pressure will be decreased in Van Riebeeck Park and Roosboom. Pumps will be switched on at 1pm and be switched off at 6pm every day.

This will all depend on water stock levels at the Ladysmith Plant.

Read also: Ladysmith to suffer, as water-shedding is back in full force

Also read: Water-shedding worse than initially reported

Water-shedding will therefore have major effects on the following areas: Golf Course, Observation Hill, Hyde Park, Limit Hill, Modelkloof, St Chad’s and Steadville (top).

New water restrictions have been implemented with immediate effect to ensure that everyone has water, even if taps have run dry in some areas, and that some degree of potable water supply is maintained.

Plans are in place to supply water through water tankers in the most affected areas.

uThukela spokesperson Jabulani Mkhonza urges communities to use water sparingly and to conserve sufficient water in their homes during this difficult period.

“We would also like to warn the public that we will experience some challenges in the process, like burst pipes and faulty meters, and sometimes they will receive water from the taps that looks dirty,” says Mr Mkhonza.

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Sameera Motala

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