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OVER 80% of boreholes in KwaZulu-Natal have dried up, rivers are at a trickle if flowing at all, dam levels are dropping rapidly, and crop and livestock are threatened. The provincial government is said to only have about half of the R670 million needed to alleviate the dire situation.
Water rationing has kicked in at a number of municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal in a bid to conserve water resources in the province. The northern areas of eThekwini and the southern areas of Illembe, which are supplied by Hazelmere Dam, are expected to be the worst affected.
Water rationing means that water production will be reduced and, as a result of this water reduction, less water will be supplied to municipalities. This will have a knock-on effect on consumers who will be given a set of amount of water per day once the water quantum allocated to households is consumed, there will be no water available until the following day when a new amount is allocated. Only hospitals and clinics will be exempted. Hazelmere Dam had a mere two months supply of water remaining if restrictions were not implemented, as water levels have dropped to about 32% and no rainfall is expected in the next six months.