Sabotage: water cut for 4 weeks

2010-08-25 00:00

DAMAGE caused by a group of about 200 people to the Ezakheni water treatment plant under uThukela District Municipality on Sunday has escalated to about R4 million.

The group attacked security guards at the plant gates and broke water pumps and some electric and filtration equipment.

uThukela deputy manager for water services Glen Singh said that after an inspection of the plant it became evident that the damage was extensive.

“Initially we said it will take about two weeks to normalise the operations at the plant, but an intense inspection of the plant proved us wrong.

The damage was extensive and it will require about four weeks to fix everything, which will bring the costs to about R4 million,” said Singh.

Ezakheni, Rose Park and Pieters industrial areas will suffer the detrimental effects of the sabotage.

Singh said they will lose 40%of their daily water supply, and that this will have negative effects on the Pieters industrial area, which largely depends on uThukela for water.

“Sadly this will affect the economy of the town and service delivery will be hampered,” he said.

A source in the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce said he needed to gather more information on how the industrial area was affected by the sabotage.

Six people were arrested for the action.

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