Recent rains have no impact on dam levels

Rainfall that occurred over the weekend does not appear to have improved the water situation.
Shami Harrichunder, Corporate Stakeholder at Umgeni Water said while Durban’s rainfall resulted in a 1% increase to dam levels, the upper and lower Umgeni systems that supply Pietermaritzburg’s water remain untouched.
“The rainfall received in the Upper and Lower Mgeni systems has not made a significant difference to the levels of all 6 dams” Harrichunder confirmed. The Upper Mgeni systems, which consist of Mearns, Spring Grove and Midmar, recorded a total of 24mm and the Lower Mgeni systems compromising of Albert Falls, Nagle and Inanda, recorded a total of 114mm. However, since two of the dams in Lower Umgeni systems are situated in Durban, Pietermaritzburg has not benefitted greatly from the down pour.
As of Monday, the levels of dams that supply Pietermaritzburg with water were:
Mearns = 48, 51%
Spring Grove = 77, 51%
Midmar = 45, 72%
Albert Falls = 33, 01%
With an estimated 4 million people consuming the water supply of both Midmar and Albert Falls, these dams’ water supply needs to last until the next seasonal rains. However, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is predicting below average water patterns to continue for the rest of the year. Water restrictions of 15% will continue to be enforced by the Department of Water and Sanitation.
Brenden Sivparsad, Msunduzi’s Water and Sanitation manager said that two of the reservoirs that provide water to the areas of Prestbury, Clarendon, Edendale, Imbali, Azaelia and Copesville have run dry. The department of Water and Sanitation has deployed tankers as far as possible to help reinstate the water supply. Sivparsad informed that the municipality has fixed the isolated burst pipes around Pietermaritzburg.
Several schools in the northern suburbs were closed on Wednesday as a result of the water cuts that left taps in the area dry.

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