More water restrictions on cards for KZN

Kaveel Singh, News24

Durban – More water restrictions are on the cards for KwaZulu-Natal, after the uMgungundlovu District Municipality said there was a "compelling need" to have them in place.

A committee to evaluate water restrictions has been set up.

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality said it was forewarning businesses, ratepayers, and communities about the compelling need to introduce water restrictions to alleviate the effects of the ongoing drought.

The debilitating drought had especially hit the Midlands hard, it said in a statement. District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said details of water restrictions would be made public after all technical assessments had been conducted.
"The aim of the water restrictions would not be to penalise members of the public, but is done as a last resort in an effort to secure and maintain future water supply for our people and local businesses."

A committee of experts from the Department of Water and Sanitation, water service authorities and providers, and a disaster management team from Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, would meet regularly to monitor the restrictions.

People could report leaks and water being wasted to toll-free number 0800 864 911.