Dam levels distress Msunduzi Municipality

SOUTH Africa, just like the rest of the world, is faced with a catastrophe as the effects of global warming have never been more pronounced.

While other countries experience rising sea levels, South Africa is experiencing extreme heat conditions which dissipates vegetation and lowers dam levels. Albert Falls Dam, which supplies the Municipality, is under extreme strain as it has reached ridiculous levels.

Water & Sanitation Manager Brenden Sivparsad was on hand to paint the grim picture.

He said that the warning about global warming and its expected detrimental effects was by no means an exaggeration and that it was real.

He also went on to warm communities to use water sparingly so that Msunduzi did not find itself in a situation that other cities and provinces were finding themselves in: “Albert Falls, the dam that services Msunduzi, is on the road to recovery as it currently sits at 34,45% while year-on-year it was at 20,16%. These numbers illustrate that we are not yet at a comfortable and acceptable level, which could land us in a catastrophic position,” he said.

Over and above global warming, he also pointed out that the infrastructure was old and lacked integrity. This situation, he said, was the one that compromised supply to areas such as Willowfontein and Sweetwaters.

“Water is a crucial resource in the community. We were meant to install water supply in the Ncwadi area but our infrastructure is too compromised for us to do so. In a new ward, they did not have water and we then installed six boreholes and another eight in the Edendale area that has constant water issues,” concluded Brenden Sivparsad (Picture: Igunundu Press/Siyethaba Mhlongo) Sivparsad.