Howick West waterless since Friday

2016-04-05 12:00
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Pietermarizburg - Howick West residents were left with no water from Friday night until the time of going to press on Monday.

A resident who did not want to be named, said he had waited for the water supply to come back as he tried in vain to make inquiries with the “busy” call centre.

“It seemed nobody knew what was going on. Our water supply went off on Friday night and we are still waiting.

“We cannot shower or use toilets. This is unacceptable,” he said.

uMgungundlovu (UMDM) District Municipality spokesperson Mbali Mwandla said Umgeni Water had experienced a burst “pipe/s” on their system which “largely” contributed to water interruptions in Howick West.

“The burst pipe has since been repaired and operational, however there are pockets of other areas that are experiencing water interruptions, and our technicians are working tirelessly to restore the water supply.

“UMDM profusely apologises for the inconvenience caused during these interruptions,” she said.

Mwandla could not give an estimate of how long it would take for water to be restored.

Another contributing factor to water shortages, was the instruction Umgeni Water had been given by the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation to immediately implement 15% water restrictions to its six major customers, including ­uMgungundlovu District Municipality, Mwandla said.

“The implementation of the 15% has had a ripple effect on our water supply systems. These include airlocks in the pipes, reservoir storage and recovery taking more time than normal,” she said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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