AREAS WITHOUT WATER DUE TO PLANT PROBLEM
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.