East London taps start running again

2016-04-20 17:52
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Cape Town – Water supply to Buffalo City residents was expected to be fully restored by late afternoon on Wednesday, the municipality has said.

Taps started running dry when an inverted siphon, which sucked the water from the Umzonyana Dam to the Umzonyana Water Treatment Works, malfunctioned on Tuesday.

Water tankers were dispatched to hospitals, old age homes and communities as a contingency plan.

Spokesperson Thanduxolo Matebese said water supply had been restored to most parts of East London after emergency repairs were concluded on Tuesday afternoon.

"The siphon, which supplies raw water for treatment at Umzonyana Water Treatment Works, was restored at around 16:00 on Tuesday," Matebese said.

"Currently the Umzonyana Water Treatment Works is operating at full production and some of the areas are already receiving water, [such as] Dawn, Wilsonia, Scenery Park, Duncan Village, Amalinda, Braelyn, Westbank, Greenfields, Nahoon, Berea and Saxilby."

'The system is filling up'

System configuration and elevation meant that high lying areas in Vincent, Beacon Bay and Gonubie were expected to get water by Wednesday afternoon.

"Currently, as the system is filling up, Quigney, Cambridge and East London CBD are still affected and will be restored in the course of the day."

Matebese said a drop in pressure may be experienced while the system filled up, and advised consumers to keep their taps closed, refrain from filing pools, watering gardens and washing cars with hose pipes.

Reservoir levels remain critically low throughout East London, he confirmed, and this would affect all the supply zones.

Full recovery of the system pressure would take three to six days.

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