EThekwini Municipality and Umngeni-uThukela Water Collaborate to Resolve Durban’s Water Shortage Crisis

EThekwini Municipality and Umngeni-uThukela Water Collaborate to Resolve Durban’s Water Shortage Crisis

Progress in Resolving Water Shortages

In a promising update, the EThekwini Municipality, in collaboration with Umngeni-uThukela Water’s engineering teams, has achieved significant progress in addressing the water shortage crisis affecting multiple areas of Durban.

Anticipated Relief for Residents

This collaborative effort is now on the brink of delivering relief to the residents of Durban.

Reservoir 3, which had been severely impacted, is expected to be filled with sufficient water, ensuring residents receive the much-needed water supply starting from Sunday, October 15, 2023.

Effective Strategy: Closing Reservoir Inlets

The decision to temporarily close inlets to the city’s reservoirs, allowing them to accumulate water and enhance storage capacity, has yielded positive results.

Notably, Reservoir 3, which had experienced significant challenges, has made a remarkable recovery and is approaching its maximum capacity.

Adequate Volume and Pressure

This recovery ensures that there will be an adequate volume and pressure to replenish the water distribution system, addressing the water scarcity issue that various neighborhoods had been facing.

Scheduled Maintenance Shutdown

The water scarcity problem in several neighborhoods was primarily attributed to the extended recovery period resulting from low water flows from the Durban Heights Treatments Works.

This situation arose following its scheduled maintenance shutdown on October 11.

Necessity of the Shutdown

The shutdown was deemed essential to conclude repair work on Aqueduct-2, which had been damaged during flood disasters in April 2022, as stated in an official statement.

Infrastructure Maintenance Upgrades for a Secure Water Supply

The Municipality emphasizes that the ongoing infrastructure maintenance upgrades are a crucial step towards ensuring a more secure and reliable water supply in the future, assuring residents and stakeholders of a better water supply system.

Provision of Water Tankers as Temporary Relief

As a temporary measure to address the ongoing water shortage, water tankers will be deployed to the affected areas, ensuring that residents’ water needs are met.

The areas affected include:

  • Durban North
  • Mount Edgecombe
  • Cornubia
  • Avoca
  • UMhlanga
  • Phoenix
  • Inanda
  • Ntuzuma
  • KwaMashu
  • Amatikwe
  • Umzinyathi
  • Amaoti
  • Emachobeni
  • Greenwood Park
  • La Lucia
  • Verulam
  • Newlands East and West
  • Effingham
  • Malvern
  • Queensburgh
  • Moseley
  • Northdene

Looking Ahead to Water Relief

The Municipality acknowledges any inconvenience experienced by residents during this process but assures them that water relief is on the horizon as Reservoir 3 approaches its full capacity.

The collaboration between EThekwini Municipality and Umngeni-uThukela Water offers hope for resolving Durban’s water crisis.

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