Burst water pipe fixed after four days

2015-07-10 08:40
Water gushes out from a burst pipe in the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Gardens yesterday morning.

Water gushes out from a burst pipe in the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Gardens yesterday morning. (Ian Carbutt)

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ANOTHER burst water pipe at the ­National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg took four days for Msunduzi municipality to fix.

With the water shortages throughout the country, a Botanical Gardens worker said they were “highly disappointed” the municipality did not attend to the matter sooner.

“Although the main water pipe burst on Monday afternoon, we only noticed it on Tuesday morning. Since then we have called the municipality many times but were pushed from pillar to post,” said the staff member who did not wish to be named.

Botanical Gardens curator Allen Nene was not available for comment.

The burst pipe resulted in thousands of litres of water running through the Botanical Gardens and filtering into smaller streams.

The staff member said management from the Gardens eventually visited the city hall yesterday for assistance.

“This is the second time the same pipe had burst but this is the longest we had to wait for assistance. I think the municipality can be more efficient especially when it comes to water and their response should have been more prompt,” said the staff member.

But the municipality’s acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda claims the matter was only brought to their attention yesterday morning.

“We first heard of the burst when Botanical Gardens officials reported it personally to the depot at about 7.30 am. Our immediate response was to shut it down to avoid wastage of water.”

She said technicians conducted a “temporary repair” to restore water supply to the Botanical Gardens.

“Upon arriving on site this morning, we did not notice any damage caused by the burst, except for a muddy paved driveway,” she said

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