Taps run dry after reservoir pipe bursts
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
● 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.”