Burst pipes in CBD raise a stink

2009-08-13 00:00

THE sweltering heat experienced by locals this week hit those working in some parts of the CBD particularly hard.

Two burst pipes in Hoskins Road and Pietermaritz Street cut off the water supply in some sections of the CBD and some of the people affected bought bottled water to cool off.

A caller who works at a government building in town said hygiene at the office had become a problem. “We can’t wash our hands … The toilets have not been flushed and if you just walk past them the stink is enough to make you sick. It’s totally ridiculous and there are about 300 people who work in this building,” the caller said.

He said the stench in the office had become unbearable and the increasing temperature was making the situation even worse.

Management had issued notices on Tuesday and said if the water was not restored by 9 am yesterday, all the women could go home, said the caller.

“They said the reason for this was because it was not hygienic for them to have no access to water. As a result, it’s only men who are left in the office now,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Ntobeko Ngcobo said the water was eventually restored at about noon yesterday.

“We had a problem of burst pipes in Pietermaritz Street and Hoskins Road. Certain parts in the CBD were affected from Retief Street to Chief Albert Luthuli Street,” Ngcobe added.

“The water supply in the CBD is very reliable and we expect no more water cuts because our pipes are up to standard as we have started replacing old asbestos pipes with PVC pipes.”



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