Restrictions imperative to avoiding water crisis in Durban: Umgeni Water

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Two thirds of Durban could run out of water – if restrictions are lifted. This was revealed by officials at the Umgeni Water Treatment Plant – where the utility briefed the media, earlier today.

Umgeni Water’s Planning Service’s Manager, Kevin Meier, says their three pumping schemes used to mitigate the effects of the drought – have helped replenish Midmar Dam.

The water level at the dam is currently at 58.38%

But Meier says average rainfall is needed for at least two years to fill up our dams.

“We’re in a drought – as in we don’t have enough water in our dams. Is it a rainfall drought? Probably not. We’re getting above average or at least average rainfall at the moment. But our dams as you can see – are still critically low,” he says.

Meier says that water levels have continued to drop year-on-year at dams across the province.

“So, if I showed almost two-thirds of Durban is supplied by Albert Falls, what is the level of Albert Falls at the moment – it is 26%. You can see a drop from 38% from the same time last year,” he said.