MANY res­i­dents in Prest­bury, Claren­don, Sig­nal Hill and some parts of Eden­dale were with­out wa­ter all day yes­ter­day.

Um­geni Wa­ter spokesper­son Shami Harichun­der said there had been an Eskom power sup­ply prob­lem that re­sulted in the Mid­mar wa­ter plant be­ing down.

“Um­geni is now pro­duc­ing wa­ter at its max­i­mum rate,” he said yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Harichun­der said Claren­don’s wa­ter prob­lem did not em­anate from Um­geni’s Wa­ter’s plant fail­ure as the area is not sup­plied by the same reser­voir. DA ward 26 coun­cil­lor Ross Stra­chan said res­i­dents could ex­pect to get their wa­ter back by 6 pm.

He said Mid­mar had be­gun to sup­ply wa­ter into the bal­anc­ing reser­voir which feeds the ar­eas that had run dry. Prest­bury res­i­dent Feli­cia Clarke said Stra­chan had been in con­tact and said she and her neigh­bours were hope­ful that their wa­ter would be run­ning again soon.

“Right now we don’t have wa­ter in the taps, just a faint echo but past ex­pe­ri­ences makes us be­lieve wa­ter will re­turn overnight or by 6 am to­mor­row [to­day].”

An­other res­i­dent, Michelle Amiss, said Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity needed to em­ploy more re­spon­si­ble peo­ple.

“The city needs to em­ploy peo­ple who can plan and have their fin­ger on the pulse, not wait un­til things are so old and bro­ken,” she said.

Re­spond­ing to ques­tions from The Wit­ness, Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s spokesper­son Thobeka Ma­fum­batha said, “Um­geni Wa­ter had is­sues from mid­night and HD Hill reser­voir ran down ... it will take a long time for it to re­cover. High­ly­ing ar­eas only get wa­ter when the level is 15% and more,” she said.

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