Newcastle Municipality saving water for the benefit of KZN
The worst drought since 1991 has tightened its grip on the province as households and businesses across various municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal will implement new water restrictions, warned MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube.
MEC Dube-Ncube said two months is how long some residents in our province have before their taps run dry. “We need to start preparing ourselves for the worst, it’s time for everyone to acknowledge that there isn’t an endless water supply,” said the MEC.
The Cogta Department also revealed that the amount of water available has now dropped below 30 % and warned that the numbers could fall lower. Dam water levels started to decline in October 2013 when the province received minimal rainfall for two seasons. Although Newcastle Municipality is not yet directly affected by the drought like the rest of the province, as the community of Newcastle we must not turn our backs on our neighbours, we must fully participate in conserving water for the benefit of all who reside in KZN.
Honourable Mayor Cllr Afzul Rehman is encouraging every citizen of Newcastle to remember that water is a precious source and therefore should be used with care. Mayor Rehman mentioned that while the Municipality is not currently under immediate threat, the low rainfalls across the province also put Newcastle in danger of water shortages within the next few months. “Our wish to Newcastle water customers is that they will use water sparingly, make sure leaks are reported and fixed by the Municipality and consciously save water,” said the Mayor.
Mayor Rehman has urged Newcastle residents to make water conservation part of their everyday lives and follow water saving tips provided by the Municipality.
• Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and shave.
• Make sure that the tap is closed after you have finished using it.
• Take a shower instead of a bathtub.
• When taking a bathtub do not fill up the water to the top of the tub.
• When cooking do not fill up the pot with water.
• Ensure that toilet and pipe leaks anywhere in the house are fixed
• Only flush the toilet when it is necessary.
• When washing your motor vehicle, use a bucket instead of a hose pipe.