Level three water restrictions are officially in effect in the Ilembe district.
The restrictions take effect today, following Sembcorp Siza Water’s announcement that Hazelmere Dam levels have dropped to below 45%. Stage three restrictions aim to reduce water consumption from a minimum of 30% of current levels – or an ideal 50%.
The Ilembe Chamber has advised that businesses should prepare for interruption to water supply and put contingency plans in place, as the drought is likely to continue through the festive season and into 2015.
The restrictions will throttle water supply from the present 11m litres a day, to around 8m litres a day. Tourism establishments are encouraged to make holidaymakers aware of the water crisis – to this end, posters and pamphlets are available from Sembcorp Siza Water.
Regarding traffic caused by the ongoing P445 (Ballito Drive) upgrade, last week it was announced that consulting engineers SMEC would accelerate their workflow; this seems to have had its desired effect.
This included upping work hours and adding in weekend work. Pointsmen at strategic points have positively contributed to easing traffic flow.
SMEC is considering the possibility of night work, but this would be restricted as certain activities – like trenching – are not allowed to take place at night.
Weather, which has been unpredictable of late, also plays a major factor.