MBABANE DAM EXPANDED, RESTRICTIONS INCREASE

19 Jan

The small dam that supplies Mbabane and Ezulwini, Hawane is to be expanded to increase capacity to cope with future drought. This as the water utility announced that water rationing is to be doubled beginning this week.

Swaziland Water Services spokesperson, Nomahlubi Matiwane told Swaziland Radio that they have already engaged contractors to move in and expand the size of the dam. The dam, Matiwane said, now contains less than 10 days of water for the city despite some rains that have fallen in the past 7 days.

The Hawane Dam - this is what Mbabane will rely on for its water in the next few weeks

The Hawane Dam – this is what Mbabane will rely on for its water in the next few weeks

Matiwane said the rain were less than enough, and that the periods of water rationing would be expanded to 96 hours per month spread out over each four weeks. Specific zones in the city are cut off as water is switched to other areas.

The utility is urging residents to undertake water harvesting for all household use except cooking and drinking.

 

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