Ladysmith: storms cut water supply

2011-01-08 00:00

THE storms that flooded Ladysmith this week left the town’s taps dry.

uThukela deputy manager for water services Glen Singh said yesterday that the cause was damage to an Eskom transformer on the Spioenkop power line that blew up on Wednesday morning. This cut the power needed to pump water from the Spioeonkop Dam to the water treatment plant in Ladysmith.

“A number of areas in the low and upper lying areas of the town have been affected. The low-lying areas can expect water in the next five to six hours while it will take until late in the evening to have water to the rest of Ladysmith. The system in the treatment plant needs to balance itself and build up pressure before it can run effectively,” said Singh.

Eskom spokesperson Joyce Zingoni said the transformer was struck by lightning, and repairs were delayed somewhat by the bad weather. However, the transformer was replaced and power was switched back on at about 1 pm on Thursday.

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