Sembcorp Siza water recently effected Stage 4 water restrictions for Ballito. The latest stage is as a result of new figures which show the Hazelmere Dam had dipped to the critical level of 40 percent full.
While the water restrictions could affect business and visitors to the town the current situation is being handled and residents of the North Coast are all working hard to conserve water. The fine of R3000 that is issued to those ignoring the conservation and restriction rules is a strong deterrent and is spoken about amongst locals on a regular basis.
For holiday makers the water restrictions have marginal impact and areas like Umhlanga and Durban central are also imposing water restrictions and feeder dams are also under strain for these areas. Making light of the situation, local Editor of The Ballito Magazine says that swimming in the sea helps keep both body and baggies clean and a quick dip in a pool will help wash off the salt. On a serious note, creative ideas for saving water are on the up and sales of JoJo takes at Mica are up.
Cheryl Peters, marketing and communications manager for Enterprise iLembe, an economic development agency for the iLembe District Municipality, said the water shortage would not have an impact on business as most people who visited Ballito made advance bookings and contingencies have been taken.
“ILembe has reserved some funding to deal with the crisis.
“There is a plan in place that entails curtailing water usage and reducing water demand by 30 percent in order to stretch the available water up until the end of March 2015.”