Drought still has a firm grip on Ladysmith area, despite recent rainfall

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The drought situation in the uThukela District is not getting any better… This despite the recent rain that has been pouring down over the past few weeks. The prolonged drought remains severe.

The situation has prompted uThukela District Municipality to conduct a series of water awareness campaigns in order to encourage citizens to conserve water across all three local municipalities.

These campaigns have already started at Alfred Duma Local Municipality and will spread to other local municipalities as well.

The Department of Water & Technical Services is continuously pumping water to fill the lower reservoirs at the water treatment plant. Once a day, for a maximum of six hours, water is pumped to the main reservoir in the golf course area.

Due to its location, Hospital Park has not felt the impact of water restrictions, as the area still manages to get enough water.

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Areas like Observation Hill, Hyde Park, Mkhamba Gardens, Modelkloof, part of Limit Hill, Danskraal Industrial, Roosboom, Tsakane, part of Steadville and St Chad’s are mostly affected.

Continuous power outages make the situation worse, as it takes time to restore water back to normalcy when there are outages. There are, however, plans in place to supply water to the most affected areas using water tankers.

The situation remains critical and communities are therefore requested and advised to use water sparingly during this demanding period of drought over the festive season.

People are also encouraged to store water in containers once they have water running. This will assist in terms of having enough water in households in times of unexpected water cuts.

uThukela District Municipality would also like to inform the public that their offices will be closed from December 22, 2017, at 12pm and will re-open on January 2, 2018, at 7.45am. Communities are urged to use Easy Pay outlets for water accounts, and any complaints can be reported on 0860104257

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Nameera Sarjoo

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