The continuous heatwave conditions have contributed to the drought, an Umgeni Water official confirmed earlier this week.
According to spokesperson Shami Harichunder, there was no problems with the supply of water during the festive season but the heat had caused above average levels of evaporation.
“It is certainly a contributing factor to the current drought we are experiencing. During the December period, around 124mm of rain was recorded. This is less than average.”
Most parts of the country had been experiencing above 30°C weather for more than a week now. Harichunder also added that travelers did not decrease water demand in most parts.
“Many have heeded our warnings. There would have been little that could have been done even if issues did occur because there simply isn’t enough water. While these current hot conditions are not ideal, with water evaporating at a much higher rate, we have seen the Hazelmere Dam now reach 32,5% capacity.
“It is important to note that measures for water conservation are needed now more than ever,” he added.
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