Residents spend another holiday without water

2013-04-04 00:00

AFTER spending Easter weekend without water, residents in uMshwathi (Wartburg) thought their woes were over when the supply was restored on Monday, only for their taps to run dry again on Tuesday.

And they will have to endure another day without water when the supply is cut on Sunday to solve the problem. This follows days of interrupted supplies during the December holiday.

The residents said they could not bathe or cook and found that bottled water had run out in the local supermarket.

They were also furious that they could not reach the municipality over the holidays to report the problem, and had no idea when the supply would be restored.

uMgungundlovu District municipal manager Sibusiso Khuzwayo said the problem was caused by a power outage at the Fleetwood sub-station that prevented water from being pumped from a local reservoir into the reticulation system.

As a result of the frequent power outages in the area, the municipality and Umgeni Water, which manages the reservoirs in the area, have jointly agreed to buy a generator by the end of April.

Until then, residents will have to endure further disruptions to their supply when Eskom overhauls the Fleetwood substation to end the frequent power outages.

Khuzwayo said the Midmar waterworks would be shut from 6 am to 6 pm.

“All Umgeni Water reservoirs in the Midlands will be filled to capacity to prevent any interruption of water supplies.

“However, the frail infrastructure within the uMshwathi area will mean there will be disruptions to the supply there.”

Khuzwayo said many people could not get through to the municipality at the weekend because the call centre could not cope with the volume of calls triggered by the disruption in the water service.

He apologised to the residents for the inconvenience.

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