Communities left waterless

2016-03-10 06:00

WATER supply to some areas in Margate and Manaba was shut off by Ugu over the weekend after a sewerage station pump malfunctioned.
To prevent sewage spilling into the river Ugu had to shut down the water pumps to stop the flow to the problem areas. Technicians tried to repair the pump, but unsuccessfully, because there was too much water flowing into the pump station.

This resulted in the community having no water for the weekend, and apart from that they were unhappy because­ they were not given any feedback about the situation.

Ugu spokesperson France Zama said in a statement that Ugu District Municipality worked around the clock to ensure the pump station was full operational and on Tuesday the pump repairs had been concluded.

“At 1am on Tuesday, restoring water­ supply in the affected areas of Margate, Ramsgate North and Uvongo was concluded,” said Zama.

He said the municipality has, however, been receiving reports about isolated pockets of sewage found in areas not close to the pump station, which are being dealt with as and when they arise.

“As a result of the pump malfunction, a decision was taken to close water supply in the areas of Margate, Ramsgate north and Uvongo to stop raw effluent flowing into the pump station to avoid a spillage.

“While repair work was under way, the municipality provided water through static tanks in the Margate CBD, Hibiscus­ Mall, Extension 3 and Tucker Road in Uvongo.

“Water tankers also frequented other affected areas that had no static tanks,” he said.

Zama extended apologies to the affected communities.

“We extend our apologies to the communities who have been adversely inconvenienced by this unprecedented occurrence and we are working towards finding a lasting solution towards this,” he said.

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