Eskom pulls plug leaving two towns without water

2016-01-26 10:10

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Pietermaritzburg - Underberg and Himeville were left without water last Monday after miscommunication between the district municipality and Eskom resulted in water cuts.

Himeville resident Mary Field said on Monday that the water for the whole of the two areas had been cut last Monday and was only restored the next morning.

Harry Gwala District Municipality, which is the water authority for Himeville and Underberg, confirmed that the water had been shut off due to a miscommunication between them and the power supplier.

Harry Gwala municipal spokesperson Ndabezitha Tenza said on Monday electricity to the station pumping the water to Underberg and Himeville was cut on the previous Monday. “There was a problem but it has since been solved,” he said.

“We made a payment to Eskom on Friday and the water was shut off on Monday. The issue has been sorted out.”

Field said although the two towns were without water for the day, she was happy that Eskom was clamping down on municipalities that had not paid their bills.

“It is a very good thing that Eskom is pulling the electricity on municipalities that have not paid,” she said.

“If Eskom does this with all non-paying municipalities so they are forced to make payment, Eskom and our electricity will be more stable in the future.”

Eskom had not responded to a media query on the issue at the time of going to print.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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