Taps run dry in KZN municipality after demand soars

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Durban – Residents in the iLembe District Municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal have been hit with massive interruptions to its water supply as a result of high demand, Umgeni Water said on Wednesday.

Water tankers have been sent out to residents in Ward 9, 11, 14, 15, 26, 29 in KwaDukuza where the taps have run dry.

Umgeni Water, the bulk supplier to some KZN municipalities, said they were working with the Ilembe District Municipality in a joint effort to try and resolve the problem.

Shami Harrichunder, the spokesperson for Umgeni Water said that a consultant has also been appointed to assist in the problem-solving process.

“Work has already begun on a temporary solution to bring relief to affected residents and households,” Harrichunder said.

“The problem appears to have its origin in pressure, meaning at times there is inadequate pressure that often results in low pressure being experienced by receiving consumers or interruption in supply,” he said.

From a bulk potable water perspective, a permanent and sustainable solution would be to supply water from the Lower Thukela Bulk Water Supply Scheme, based in Mandini, which has higher pressure, Harrichunder said.

The Ilembe District Municipality has apologised for the inconvenience and has asked residents to be patient while the problem is resolved.


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