Status of Water Resources and Projections on Rainfall

Status of Water Resources and Projections on Rainfall

Issued by the Corporate Stakeholder Management Unit, Office of the Chief Executive, Pietermaritzburg

Good unseasonal rains expected over the next two months will bring relief to many parched parts of KwaZulu-Natal and also boost dam levels, enhancing assurance of full water supply.

An analysis of rainfall received from March 2019 to February 2020, the current status of water resources in Umgeni Water’s vast supply areas and projections of rainfall in March, April and May 2020 (early to late autumn) paints a picture of healthy water resource availability at this stage.

This analysis is contained in a report, titled Status of Water Resources: Umgeni Water’s Operational Area, prepared by Umgeni Water and it is part of Umgeni Water’s information sharing on storage in dams managed by the organisation, volumes of potable water supplied per quarter and water demand projections. An assessment of water resource availability in the Mgeni System – which provides for the water needs of an estimated 6 million consumers in uMgungundlovu, Pietermaritzburg and Durban – indicates that it is currently at an acceptable level.

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