Taps keeps running despite 5% reduction in city’s supply

2016-03-23 09:04
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Pietermaritzburg - Taps are still flowing in Pietermaritzburg suburbs although Umgeni Water has reduced the amount of water supplied to the city by five percent, as instructed by the Water and Sanitation Department.

Acting municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said there had been no reports of homes or businesses in Pietermaritzburg and surrounds having no water.

“There have, however, been a few burst pipes that were reported. The municipality responded to those swiftly, as we cannot afford water losses at this point,” she said.

Madonda said last week that if the city did not show a drastic drop in consumption, its daily quota from Umgeni Water would be exceeded, which would result in taps running dry in some areas until the next day.

She repeated her plea to consumers to reduce consumption, use water wisely and reuse where possible.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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