Vandalism, burst pipe stop water flow to PMB suburbs

2008-02-19 00:00

A TRICKLE of water was restored to the Prestbury area last night after residents were deprived of water for the whole day on Sunday and then again yesterday.

On Sunday, a pipe burst in an inaccessible bushy area, which meant the repairs took a long time. Then, in the early hours of yesterday morning, another pipe burst in Morcom Road.

Despite assurances by strategic executive manager for infrastructure, services and facilities Philemon Mashoko that water tankers were deployed to the suburb, some residents still complained of having received no water for the past 20 hours.

The Witness was inundated with calls from frustrated residents asking what was going on.

Many complained that when the water was restored at about 4.30 pm on Sunday afternoon all they got was a trickle for quite a while, which did not relieve their situation.

When The Witness contacted the customer-care number, the consultant said that the additional loss of water was due to another pipe burst in Morcom Road. This resulted in the Morcom Road, Wilkes Road and Inyoni Place areas being without water.

Mashoko is adamant that water tankers were sent out to the area and asked residents to stay on the lookout for them.

Pelham residents have also been without water since 10 pm yesterday morning due to the vandalism of the water reservoir in the area. The municipality confirmed that the reservoir has been repaired and that water would be restored by this morning.

Water tankers were sent out to the area, but residents said none were on site.

Mashoko said it is council procedure that when residents have been without water for four hours that water tankers are dispatched. “We have people working on the problems and they will be sorted out as soon as possible,” he said.

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