KWAZULU NATAL – Despite the heavy downpour that flooded Durban roads last week, drought reigns with catchment areas left high and dry.“The drought is not over and water restriction will remain,” said Umgeni Water’s corporate stakeholder, Shami Harichunder.
Although the city was heavily affected by the rain, water levels in catchment areas remain largely unchanged. The level of rainfall in the catchment areas were insufficient, said Harichunder who added that the dams were not filled up. According to Harichunder, 120 ml fell at Hazelmere Dam which rose a mere 4 percent while Midmar Dam remained stable at 45.72 percent of its full capacity after a meager 45 ml of rainfall. The rain had no impact on Midmar Dam, and while Hazelmere Dam has risen by 4 percent it remains at just 52.9 percent of its capacity. Drought conditions have not been evaded and the situation will not improve until adequate rainfall is received in the catchment areas, said Harichunder. Water conservation efforts must continue at this time and restrictions are still necessary. “Any measures to conserve water are most welcome,” said Harichunder.
Residents are encouraged to use Jojo Tanks to capture rainfall in the city areas.