Bust pipe leaves parts of Dundee still without water

2009-02-11 00:00

LARGE parts of Ndumeni (Dundee) Municipality were still without water yesterday, a crisis that has persisted for more than a week.

Water shortages in the northern KZN town began early last week when one of the main pipes was destroyed by a housing contractor working in the area, a spokesman for the water utility, Uthukela, explained.

Dumisani Thabethe said that as soon as that pipe was repaired, damage to the main pipe, which supplies raw or unpurified water from the supply dam to the reservoirs, was discovered.

“Repairing that pipe proved to be very difficult as concrete above the pipe had to be demolished first and after the pipe had been fixed a new layer of concrete had to be put on top of it …” he said.

While the pipe was fixed on Friday and concrete above it had dried up, some residents were still without water yesterday. “This is because the networks had been left without any water and we are therefore battling to fill the reservoirs,” Thabethe said.

“At the moment we are making use of tankers from Amajuba district and private contractors to deliver water to residents. Tanks will be erected in some areas to ensure that people have access to safe water,” he added.

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