Taps run dry af­ter reser­voir pipe bursts

Daily Dispatch - - News - XOLELWA DWESINI Xolel­waD@dis­patch.co.za

Thou­sands of house­holds are with­out wa­ter af­ter a ma­jor reser­voir pipe burst in Mn­quma lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The wa­ter sup­ply to Bika town­ship, Cuba, Vuli Val­ley, Ex­ten­sions 14 and 24 and Mcubakazi, as well as the Ibika vil­lages sur­round­ing Butterworth, has ceased.

The burst pipe is at the Reser­voir Hill Pump Sta­tion in Butterworth, said Amath­ole dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Sisa Msiwa.

“We have sent a team to fix the burst pipe, but at this mo­ment it is un­clear when the re­pairs will be com­plete. ADM has sent wa­ter trucks to the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties, and this will be done un­til the re­pairs are com­plete,” said Msiwa.

A re­port dated Thurs­day in­di­cates that dam lev­els in ADM are a mat­ter of con­cern while other wa­ter sources in the dis­trict show a steady de­cline week on week, with some com­pletely dried up, par­tic­u­larly those sup­ply­ing the Mn­quma and Mb­hashe lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Dam lev­els in ADM be­low

40%:

● Mn­quma’s Xil­inxa Dam in Butterworth: 36%;

● Mbashe’s Ngx­akaxha Dam in Idu­tywa: 15%;

● Great Kei’s Cwili Dam: 35%; and

● Ray­mond Mh­laba’s Dorps Dam in Ade­laide: 21%.

“We are call­ing on all com­mu­ni­ties to use wa­ter spar­ingly as there is a great short­age in our dis­trict,” Msiwa said.

ADM mayor No­masik­izi Konza said: “A rapid re­sponse team is hard at work at­tend­ing to re­ported wa­ter out­ages. Wa­ter trucks have been de­ployed to all af­fected.

“Wa­ter short­ages and out­ages are a na­tional prob­lem. It is a chal­lenge that is req­ui­site of a col­lec­tive ef­fort be­tween the govern­ment, com­mu­ni­ties and civil so­ci­ety.

“I am adamant that work­ing to­gether, we can find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to th­ese chal­lenges.”

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