SEVERE DROUGHT AT MTUBATUBA & ST’ LUCIA
UMkhanyakude District Municipality is currently experiencing a serious drought especially in the Mtubatuba Area. The dry season followed by the drought conditions has resulted in the UMfolozi River drying up. This is affecting the supply of water to the areas of Mtubatuba, St’ Lucia and Nkolokotho Water Treatment Plants which is causing interrupted supply of water from time to time.
This situation has negatively impacted on the water treatment figures at the Mtubatuba Water Treatment Plant. The current storage levels at the Kwa Bobhoza Reservoir are as follows:
Reservoir No 1: 2%
Reservoir No 2: 0 %
Reservoir No 3: 0 %
Reservoir No 4: 0%
Spokesperson for UMkhanyakude District Municipality Mr. Mduduzi Dlamini stated that the municipality has intervention such as commissioning 4 boreholes situated at UMfolozi River that can yield at least (4mg) a day even though that is not enough to supply the surrounding of Mtubatuba namely Mtubatuba Town, KwaMsane Area and St’lucia. The District Municipality to be able to supply Mtubatuba and the surrounding it needs at least (26Mg) a day, there is a huge difference of (22Mg) due to severe drought.
Kwa Zulu Natal Cabinet declared uMkhanyakude District Municipality as an Emergency Disaster area in terms of severe drought conditions. Severe drought affects rural communities as they are experiencing water shortages. The Mayor, Cllr Jeffery Vilane is also in talks with the National Minister about water issues at uMkhanyakude District.
Whilst several bulk water supply schemes are constructed and upgraded, a large portion of the population within the District still relies heavily on localized groundwater resources Whilst the long term solution is good rains, the communities need to conserve water.
UMkhanyakude is in the process of a long term intervention in which there will be agreement between UMkhanyakude District Municipality and uThungulu District Municipality to connect a Bulk Water Pipe Line from Nsezi River to cover Mtubatuba. KZN COGTA led by MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube is assisting the Municipality in this regard through Back to Basic’s Programme led by Mr. Scelo Duma.
The municipality urges all residents within the district to use water sparingly.
It must be noted that for the past 20 years people of uMkhanyakude have been experiencing a prolonged drought, the council with is led by Cllr. Jeff Vilane is working tirelessly for people of uMkhanyakude to ensure that every community has access to clean water.
For your Information
UMkhanyakude District Spoke person
Cell Number: 076 153 5174