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30 December 2011

Weather blamed for KZN water shortage

Durban - Severe weather and additional holiday traffic were the cause of water shortages in Ballito, the Ilembe district municipality said on Thursday.

"We experienced unprecedented demand for water which was not fully expected and this created a temporary drop in water levels in the main service reservoir, which then indirectly affected the whole system supply," municipal spokesperson Zee Nqala said.

On Friday East Coast radio reported that restaurant managers and places of accommodation lost customers after water cuts on Tuesday.

"There was a 25% increase in average demand [for water] compared to December 2010."

Nqala said the municipality and its service providers had been working on a bulk water master plan which would secure water provision to the region over the next 35 years.

"We regret the incidences that have lead to this unusual situation and furthermore acknowledge the inconvenience and discomfort experienced by the visitors to our area and residents and business stakeholders."

The municipality appealed to local residents to save water ahead of the New Year's peak.

- SAPA/News24