Mangaung water woes continue

2011-09-21 21:46

Bloemfontein - Houses and businesses in Bloemfontein were still battling with water supply problems on Wednesday.

Mangaung metro spokesperson Qondile Khedama said the situation would continue for an unknown period.

He also announced a "serious valve operation" that would affect the delivery of water to high-lying areas in Bloemfontein from Wednesday.

"The community is warned that starting from today [Wednesday] at 22:30 to 04:30 there will be a reduction in water flow in all Mangaung areas."

This would continue for the next four days.

Khedama said when water flow weakened, high-lying areas were usually affected the most.

"This measure was put in place to speed up the complete restoration of water supply within the city."

Thousands of residents of the newly formed Mangaung metro had been plagued by inconsistent water supply over the past month. Khedama said the municipality, the department of water affairs and bulk water supplier Bloem Water, were meeting daily to discuss the city’s water problem.

He said water restrictions in Mangaung would remain.

No one in Mangaung was allowed to water their gardens, fill swimming pools or use sprinkler systems until the situation had returned to normal.

Khedama could not confirm reports that the department of water affairs' Blue Scorpions unit was investigating the city’s Maselspoort water supply plant.

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