Ugu ‘closely monitoring’ salinity levels at Umzimkhulu river

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The seasonal high tides are once again upon the South Coast shores, resulting in sea water pushing up the Umzimkhulu river, hence increased salinity levels at the water abstraction point St Helen’s Rock.

Ugu Municipality Water Services and Environmental experts are closely monitoring the situation and tests are being done regularly.

Salt levels at St Helen’s Rock pump station, which is our main raw water abstraction point, were recorded to be above a permissible level of 170ms/s earlier this week.

And as a precautionary measure, we had to switch off the pump to avoid excess salt ingress into portable water supply.

In the interim, the plant feed has been changed to the Boboyi storage dam with a production of 60 mega liters per day. This is one of the proactive plans Ugu has put in place to ensure minimum interruption of water supply to the communities.

Communities are urged to use water wisely during this time, so that the available supply can remain adequate for the bigger community.

We are closely monitoring salinity of the river and so far we can confirm that the water quality we are providing to our communities is well in line with the South African National Drinking Standards (SANS 241).

We would also like to dismiss reports doing rounds on Social Media that the water supplied to communities were not up to the required standard.

We view this as a desperate attempt to undermine the municipality’s efforts to deliver services to our communities.

Customers are encouraged to make use of the municipality’s official communication platforms like our Facebook page: Ugu District Municipality, the call Centre number 08000 92837 and its website to obtain credible information.

According to the S A Weather Services, High tides are expected to subside from Saturday.

For more information and media queries contact:
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
Mr France Zama

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