Water pumps fail in Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal

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Umgeni water pumps that abstract water from the Mooi River to Mpofana Water Treatment Works, malfunctioned due to excessive water in the pump station.
Umgeni water pumps that abstract water from the Mooi River to Mpofana Water Treatment Works, malfunctioned due to excessive water in the pump station.
Ian Carbutt

Mooi River residents and surrounding communities are urged to use water sparingly after the pumps that abstract water from the Mooi River to Mpofana Water Treatment Works, malfunctioned due to excessive water in the pump station.

Corporate stakeholder manager for Umgeni Water Shami Harichunder said due to the recent heavy rainfall in the Midlands, Umgeni Water has not been able to abstract water.

Harichunder said it was possible that the motors were now submerged hence no water has been reaching the plant for treatment.

“The major consequence of this incident is that Umgeni Water is unable to supply the full amount of water that is required by uMgungundlovu District Municipality for distribution to consumers in the town of Mooi River and surrounding areas, including the Bruntville township.”

Storage reservoirs depleting rapidly

He said water is being supplied from Umgeni Water’s storage reservoirs, but they are depleting rapidly and could empty out in the next 24 hours.

“An appeal is being made to consumers to please take cognisance of the current situation and use water sparingly.”

Harichunder said the strong flows of the Mooi River have made it extremely dangerous for Umgeni Water’s the asset management team to reach the pump, which is situated upstream of the town of Mooi River.

“Repairs can only be conducted when the level of the Mooi River subsides. There is no alternate source of raw water supply to the plant.”

Meanwhile, the Department Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs sent the disaster management teams in Msinga, KZN Midlands to evacuate residents near uThukela River.

Some of the businesses near the river were waterlogged.

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