Dry taps plague city last week

2016-07-06 06:00
PHOTO:supplied Msunduzi water tankers deliver water in Alexandra Road last week.

PHOTO:supplied Msunduzi water tankers deliver water in Alexandra Road last week.

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DRY taps plagued the city last week with almost all suburbs going without water for days as a result of a series burst pipes, malfunctioning valves and repairs.

There was a burst main on the inlet side to Bisley Reservoir from the Umgeni Water, which was a main pipe, and during repairs the Bisley and Oribi reservoirs ran dry, affecting surrounding areas. The repair took eight hours to complete. There was also a major burst pipe in Copesville and an issue with Clarendon reservoir.

Once the burst was repaired, another issue associated with this developed. An airlock caused the blockage for the water to pass through into the reservoir.

According to Brenden Sivparsad, water and sanitations manager at Msunduzi Municipality, all areas in the city currently have water with the status quo remaining in Edendale.

Pelham, Scottsville and Copesville were without water for most of last week leaving residents fuming and without answers as to when the water would return.

Water tankers were deployed to the various areas providing some relief for residents, however, residents found themselves fighting to access water tankers - 20 from Aqua and seven from Valemehlo.

By Friday businesses in town also found themselves having to either buy water or close their doors early as a result of no water.

The situation is likely to intensify in the coming months with the water running out and no rain falling to provide relief to the depleting dams.

Sivparsad said the municipality is trying to provide water to all residents, however, tough decisions will have to be made, going forward.


Jill Elizabeth Wright

What amazes me is that this issue of “no water” has been known for a while now, why wasn’t preventative measures taken before now. Things not looking to good for the Msunduzi municipality and the Municipal elections are drawing near!

Yaksha Sarawan

I wonder if the municipality will be paying for water we had to get to drink, all the inconvenience caused for the use of bathrooms, medical bills for meds that was needed for picking up unnecessary UTI. No, never.

Margot Sennett Freedman

I just called the emergency municipal services - almost every single suburb in the whole of Pietermaritzburg has either no water or no electricity or both! I finally got through to someone who said they have no timeframe on when the situation will be sorted out. Heaven help us!

Dane Farrell

At least your water is coming back on, far more than what many other places in around KZN, especially Northern Natal. Just saying.


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