Water problem hits PE carwashes

2012-08-03 17:21

Port Elizabeth - Port Elizabeth car wash businesses were urged on Friday to shut down until damaged water pipes were repaired, the municipality said.

Two pipes bringing water from the Churchill and Impofu dams to city reservoirs were washed away during flooding near the Van Stadens River resort, spokesperson Kupido Baron said in a statement.

He said these pipelines supply a third of the city's water.

"We urgently call upon owners of carwashes in Central, Deal Party, Summerstrand, Charlo, Newton Park, Walmer, Humewood, North End, Korsten, Mount Pleasant, Lovemore Park, Lovemore Heights, Algoa Park, Struandale, Gelvandale, Gelvan Park and parts of New Brighton and KwaZakhele to consider closing their businesses until water supply return[s] to normal in the city."

Water from two other dams, Loerie and Nooitgedagt (Gariep), was being diverted to limit the number of areas affected.

  • janet.mcdonaldbelstead - 2012-08-04 18:52

    The truth behind the damaged pipes is that it was not due to flooding from the rains, but from the blatant lack of funds and maintenance on these pipelines! There have been "small" leaks for years that have been left unattended and what washed the sand away was when the one pipe finally gave in and burst. With no sand embankment to hold the pipes in place, the whole lot caved in resulting in the disaster. Ultimately, if the problems were resolved when they were first discovered, this entire saga (ie no water in PE) could have been avoided! (this info is from an employee within the waterworks department of the municipality, and confirmed through the media)

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