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Kimberley water available until midnight

2012-08-08 13:03

Bloemfontein - Water will be available to Kimberley residents until midnight on Wednesday, after which it will be completely cut, the Sol Plaatje municipality said.

Low-lying areas would have water until the early hours of Thursday, spokesperson Sello Matsie said.

The shutdown was to enable the municipality to replace a valve in a pipeline at Kimberley’s main Newton water plant.

Matsie advised Kimberley residents to collect enough water for two days to do their cooking, bathing, and keep their toilets working.

The project was part of a campaign to stop water losses in the city. It was estimated that the city lost 40% of its water from the Vaal River at the Riverton water plant because of leakages and illegal connections.

"We want to place it on record that this replacement project was scheduled for a day only and that was for tomorrow [Thursday] only," Matsie said.

The call to collect enough water to last until Friday was just a precaution. The public would be given updates as the process unfolded.

The municipality apologised for the inconvenience.

Comments
  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-08-08 13:12

    Good Luck!!!

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-08-08 13:14

    & you will STILL have those that dont collect water and then cry

  • Greg - 2012-08-08 13:19

    Eish, no hot shower in this weather, sucks to be in Kimberley right now...hope you guys get sorted out soon!!

  • tshepo.mogamisi - 2012-08-08 13:42

    damn. Should I cancel my weekend trip home?

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-08-08 14:08

    For a moment I thought their water was being cut "forever" not just for repairs. Hope my misreading isn't what happens. Good luck guys!

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-08-08 14:13

    "It was estimated that the city lost 40% of its water from the Vaal River at the Riverton water plant because of leakages and illegal connections." -- which make you wonder: how many "tenants" will then effectively loose out when their 'illegal connections' are suddenly severed? In fact, how much of the 40% is really due to leakages, and how long will it take before a whole new batch of illegal connections spring into being?

  • pws69 - 2012-08-08 14:16

    Nice. This is how it is supposed to work all the time. Hope things run according to plan.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-08 15:10

    Things should flow pretty well in Kimberley if they replace all the faulty valves in the anc pipeline !

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-08-08 16:37

    Voetsek with your apology. Resign you bunch of incompetants!

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