Rio S­treet wa­ter le­ak cau­ses con­cern

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Letters | Briewe -

Ruth B C­ho­w­les, Knys­na:

I wri­te to you in the ho­pe that your pu­bli­ca­ti­on can ma­ke t­his si­tu­a­ti­on kno­wn to the Knys­na pu­blic.

I ha­ve been in con­tact with the Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty sin­ce e­ar­ly Ju­ly and still ha­ve no re­spon­se.

The re­ser­voir in Rio S­treet, Knys­na Heig­hts pumps good wa­ter on­to the mu­ni­ci­pal pro­per­ty be­hind my pro­per­ty. Not on­ly is t­his was­te of wa­ter ab­so­lu­te­ly cri­mi­nal, the re­gu­lar flow of hund­reds of lit­res of good wa­ter has cau­sed an e­nor­mous e­ro­si­on si­te and I be­lie­ve it is al­so cau­sing an e­cosy­stem pro­blem in P­led­ge Na­tu­re Re­ser­ve.

Mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger Kam C­het­ty re­sponds:

I thank Ms C­ho­w­les for brin­ging t­his pro­blem to my at­ten­ti­on and as­su­re her that our techni­cal de­part­ment, on­ce ma­de a­wa­re of the is­su­es, ha­ve cor­rected the le­ak and are cur­rent­ly at­ten­ding to the is­sue of the e­ro­si­on.

W­hen the pro­blem of the le­ak was broug­ht to the de­part­ment’s at­ten­ti­on they im­me­di­a­te­ly ad­jus­ted the te­le­me­try le­vel to stop the pumps from pum­ping on­ce the re­ser­voir re­a­ched the 66% full le­vel.

Im­me­di­a­te­ly af­ter a se­cond in­ci­dent was re­por­ted, the de­part­ment in­ves­ti­ga­ted and found that the re­ser­voir had a furt­her gra­vi­ty feed that sup­p­lied wa­ter to the re­ser­voir. T­his feed was im­me­di­a­te­ly clo­sed off.

Per­ma­nent re­pair to the e­ro­si­on is cur­rent­ly being in­ves­ti­ga­ted. The be­st re­me­dy to t­his will be im­ple­men­ted on com­ple­ti­on of t­his in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

Out­let pi­pe now ex­po­sed to 1m in length Ver­ti­cal crack from Rio Rd. do­wn to don­go A p­ho­to of w­he­re the le­ak is in Rio S­treet, which has now been fixed.

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