Durban – A week of searing heat in KwaZulu-Natal did little to alleviate the province’s water woes, with service provider Umgeni Water saying dam levels continued to dip.
Spokesperson Shami Harichunder said that water resource availability remained “of grave concern”.
“Water shortages within the Umgeni Water operational area are as a result of a protracted drought, which has affected many parts of KwaZulu-Natal. Exacerbating the current situation are high temperatures, which cause evaporation of dam surface water,” he said.
Harichunder added that below average rainfall was predicted for the next four months.
“Information released by the CSIR suggests that the below-average rainfall pattern will continue to be experienced until the end of August 2016.
“This means that the amount of water currently available in dams that are owned or operated by Umgeni Water will have to be carefully managed in order to ensure that available water lasts until the next good rains arrive.”
He said that water cuts by municipalities would be key in managing the scarce resource.
“Management of water resources at times of absence of rainfall and simultaneous reduction of dam levels involves the application of a cut in potable water production at water treatment plants and introduction of restrictions by water services authorities,” he said.