Qunu's week-long dry spell comes to an end

2014-12-03 21:09


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Johannesburg - Water in Qunu has been restored after the Eastern Cape town was without water for over a week when there was a breakdown of water services, the water and sanitation department said on Wednesday.

"The reasons behind this water supply cut were varied. All the necessary repairs to the infrastructure have been done. All the necessary electrical reconnections are also in place," it said in a statement.

"As a result the requisite water services in Upper Qunu have been restored. It is important to note that during this unforeseen situation, water tankers were used to fill the reservoir servicing the area."

One of the reasons for the shortage of water was the disconnection of electricity supply because the initial connection fee was unpaid.

The department said this was although the OR Tambo District Municipality was up to date with its payment for services as per usage.

The connection fee had been paid and the electricity supply had been restored.

"Another reason leading to this disconnection was cable theft between the borehole pump and the reservoir. The replacement cable has been bought and is now in place. The motor that was burnt has also been replaced," it said.

"Currently officials from the DWS are walking the water supply line to ensure that as the water supply is being restored, there is no unforeseen breakdown of the pipeline due to pressure from the restored water supply."

The department said it was "a truly unfortunate incident" that people were without water. People should not experience water cuts as this had a negative impact on livelihoods, it said.

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