repairs: widespread water cuts

2010-10-20 00:00

WATER supplies in many parts of the South Coast will be switched off today as Ugu District Municipality (UDM) workers begin ­major repairs of a tie-in on a pipeline at the Bhobhoyi water treatment works.

The UDM said in a statement the pipeline repairs will affect the water supplies of different areas in the district differently.

It indicated that technicians will be working around the clock today to ensure that water supplies resume as quickly as possible without inconveniencing residents.

“With regard to tomorrow’s water cut, this is dependent on the location of consumers,” said Lindani Mzotho, the acting senior communications manager for the UDM.

“Some consumers, such as those from Ramsgate and Melville, might not go without water at all due to their remote location.

“Some consumers might only be affected from this evening, such as Gamalakhe, Murchison and Bhobhoyi.”

Mzotho said it may take at least a week to fully restore water supplies to these areas.

She added that recent water problems experienced in Hibberdene and Woodgrange mean that residents in these areas can expect water cuts from tomorrow.

“The reservoir supplying these areas is slowly picking up and we predict it might take at least three days for the restoration of supply in these areas.”

Even more water cuts can be expected towards the end of October and in November.

Water cuts are expected on October 27 and November 16 due to a power shutdown by Eskom.

“Shutdowns are done to improve and sustain the supply of water, which is very important to Ugu,” said Mzotho.

“We are trying to address all system improvements before the peak season.”

Today’s shutdown has been rescheduled on three occasions in an attempt to minimise inconvenience to consumers.

The shutdown cannot be rescheduled any further as the peak season approaches, the statement from the UDM said.

— Witness Reporter.


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