Garden in fix after water pipe bursts

2015-07-14 06:42
Water gushes out from a burst pipe in the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Gardens yesterday morning.

Water gushes out from a burst pipe in the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Gardens yesterday morning. (Ian Carbutt)

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THE KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden was awash in water as the municipal pipe on its premises burst on Sunday for the second time in one week.

The Botanical Garden has had several pipe bursts on its property in recent months.

Botanical Garden spokesperson Siphuxolo Ngqasa said although she was not at the gardens when the pipe burst last week, the pipe was already spouting water when she arrived there at 12.30 pm on Sunday.

“I came into the gardens on Sunday at around 12.30 pm and the pipe had already burst,” she said. “The municipality came to fix it between 3 pm and 4 pm but it is frustrating because every time the pipe leaks, it causes problems with our water.

“Once the pipe leaks, it stops the functioning of our toilets and there is no drinking water for the staff.

“We have had a few visitors to the gardens complaining about issues with the toilets not flushing but this is because of the burst pipe.”

A visitor to the park snapped a picture of the burst pipe and in an e-mail sent to The Witness said they approached security to ask about the burst pipe.

“We asked security if it had been reported, and they said it had been reported a while back.

“When we left a while later the flow had increased a lot but no municipal repair team had arrived.”

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said yesterday that they had recently installed a new pipe fitting at the Botanical Garden.

“We will be investigating the reasons for the frequent bursts. However, the leak that was reported yesterday [Sunday] was attended to on the same day as well,” said Madonda

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