Mooi River water crisis: Treverton School comes to the rescue

2012-11-08 00:00

AFTER Mooi River residents went without water for a week, Treverton School stepped up to offer technical assistance to restore the municipal water supply.

The town has had no water for eight days.

Said Noel Coetzee, Treverton School’s executive head: “We have had quite a challenge with the water cut off, even though the school programme was not disturbed because we have reserve tanks.”

Coetzee said the school offered to put its maintenance staff to work to restore the water supply.

“The challenge we had was the unavailability of a technical team from Umgungundlovu, but the Umgungundlovu District Municipality manager, Sibusiso Khuzwayo, has been very supportive.”

Coetzee said Khuzwayo offered to refund the school all the expenses incurred in repairing the fault.

“We are hoping that by tomorrow this problem will temporarily be resolved and the community will have its water back.”

Khuzwayo said there was a water line from the CBD that could not supply the area due to a faulty valve or bulk water meter.

He said the water line had been disconnected and the supply to Riversdale was now directly connected to the Bruntville pump station.

“This solution includes areas surrounding Wimpy and Country Club/Treverton, which were also affected because of low pressure.”

Ageing infrastructure had been partly to blame, said Khuzwayo, but R400 million had been secured, with assistance of the Dutch government, to “overhaul” the entire water system.

“The funding grant was approved and we are currently busy with detailed engineering designs and the process is expected to begin in July next year,” he said.

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