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Major water shortages

Can anyone throw any light

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1. Re: Major water shortages

Do you mean the wetlands?

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Saint Lucia/Mtubatuba obtains its water from the uMfolozi River.The catchment area for the river is Vryheid district which,traditionally, receives summer rainfall. During late winter/early summer, the level of the uMfolozi River drops and,sometimes, totally drys up. This year is no exception. The level of the river is very low and the local municipality is regulating the flow of water into Saint Lucia. Until further notice, the hours of water are as follows;

04h00 - 10h00 the water is on

10h00 - 16h00 - no water

16h00 - 22h00 water

22h00 - 04h00 no water

I hope this answers your question.

The flow of the river does not affect the Wetlands Park

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Thank you for that info, I was indeed asking about the Wetlands area :) - this post was in fact an error my computer jumped and posted this before finished and somehow the one with the more detailed question had moved further on unseen.

Somebody always has most of the answers thats why the site here is so unvaluable.

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Hopefully you meant "invaluable"!

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Naturally meant invaluable Im just a pathetic typist!!!

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The lack of water in Lake St Lucia and the Isimangaliso Wetland Park in general is not the result of one particular event or incident. Every year specialised researchers, including hydrologists and climatologists are invited to attend workshops in St Lucia which addresses the state of the wetlands They investigate everything from land erosion in the catchment area to cyclical weather patterns.

The experts have highlighted what they believe are the main reasons behind the demise of the wetlands viz.

1. Lack of rainfall - the area is currently in its ninth year of below average rainfall.Soil analysis indicates that the rainfall cycles are 9 - 11 years long which means that normal rainfall should commence this summer or next year (2011).

2.The planting of sugar cane and the irrigation thereof using water destined for the wetland park.The majority of the natural reed beds have been replaced with sugar cane.In some areas the uMfolozi river was diverted to supply water to the cane farmers(this was done many many years ago)

3.Human settlement encroachment

4.The artificial closing of the uMfolozi river mouth some 10 years ago. The Wetland Park is a unique eco system hence its World Heritage Site status.Earlier this year, the World Bank gave the wetland park authorities a +-$9m grant for research into, and the restoration of, The Wetlands Park.

The current plight of the wetlands is well known and documented and its now a case of time before this unique estuarine system reverts back to its former glory.

This is a laymans answer but at least it will give you some insight and answer your question.

St Lucia and the surrounding area is a haven of wildlife and nature - a must see destination for those visiting South Africa

ivanfacer annas stlucia

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What Mr. Facer neglects to mention is the fact that our Municipality is bankrupt to the tune of 90 Bar - and THAT is one of the many reasons why we do not have water. Our reservoirs are stuffed, the pipes are leaking and for the past 20 years, nobody has come up with a water saving plan for St Lucia. Yes, we are experiencing a drought, that is true, but our rates and taxes have been increased by a staggering 400% over the past year and nothing has been done to prevent this catastophe. Our municipality/council should have at least built another 4 or 5 reservoirs to prevent the town from running out of water. So, yes, we have droughts from time to time, but this, what is happening in St Lucia now, is downright water mis-management.

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Hi Blueamber. we have just returned from 3 wonderful weeks in SA which included 3 nights in St Lucia. While it was a lovely place to stay we unfortunately had to leave after 2 days because of the water situation. as stated already you are given times that the water will be turned on but from our experience these times certainly were not adhered to. On our 2nd night my husband suffered a bout of food poisoning, and the water was off all night and still not back on during the next morning when it should have been [as per the above post]. Without going in to detail we were unable to wash, flush toilets etc therefore had to leave and move on to Durban a day earlier than planned. Apart from this St Lucia was fine and while this issue is no fault of the lodge owners, people should certainly be aware, as in our case it made for an extremely unpleasant night.

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