Umgeni Water is trying to get water treatment plants exempt from
Umgeni Water is trying to get water treatment plants exempt from loadshedding.
The water utility’s management says it’s been meeting with officials from eThekwini Municipality and Eskom.
It says at discussions on Monday, they motivated for pumping from Inanda Dam to be excluded from rolling blackouts, so as to allow the production of potable water to continue uninterrupted at Durban Heights Water Treatment Plant.
This plant is the largest one operated and managed by Umgeni Water.
Spokesperson, Shami Harichunder says the abstraction and transfer of raw water to treatment plants is being affected by loadshedding.
This is turn has impacted the supply of bulk drinking water to reservoirs…
"Whether we like it or not, this will invariably result in a situation in which there will be a disruption to water supply to various municipalities and we have already seen this occur on the south coast, water supply has also been affected,” Harichunder said.
"In some instances, some reservoirs have run quite low. In the KZN Midlands, in Umgungundlovu, reservoirs that supply Mpophomeni, that process of transferring water is done via pumping as well,” he added.
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