Cape Times

End in sight to Bronkhorst­spruit water crisis

- RAPULA MOATSHE rapula.moatshe@inl.co.za

THERE is an end in sight to the water crisis that has been affecting residents in Bronkhorst­spruit and surroundin­g areas for weeks.

This comes after the City of Tshwane promised to restore water to residents following last week's protests over water outages caused by a pump breakdown at the Bronkhorst­spruit water treatment plant.

On Friday, the City's executive met with the Gauteng MEC for local government, Mzi Khumalo, and a representa­tive from the Department of Water and Sanitation over water outages that have plagued the area for weeks.

Municipal spokespers­on Selby Bokaba said parties discussed water supply challenges in Region 7 during the interactio­n and also exchanged technical informatio­n.

The meeting, he said, expressed satisfacti­on with the plans that the City provided together with the timelines for restoring water.

Last week, the City promised to repair a broken pump at the treatment plant this week because it was still waiting for a motor required to operate the pump.

The motor was eventually delivered on Monday night and Bokaba said the installati­on of both the pump and motor was scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

Following the installati­on, the City would conduct a series of tests on the equipment “to confirm if all is in order before pumping can get under way”, Bokaba said.

He added: “Some of the areas in Region 7 have been beset by water outages following the breakdown of a pump, although supply has been interchang­eably restored in mostly low-lying areas through the balancing of the system to ensure an equitable distributi­on of water to all residents, except in the high-lying areas of Ekangala and Rethabisen­g.”

He said the metro had observed that the balancing of the system interventi­on brought some relief to parts of Region 7.

The City continued to provide water tankers to the affected areas as a temporary relief measure.

Bokaba said: “If the test results come out positive, restoratio­n of water supply to the affected areas is expected to commence, and more areas will start receiving water due to the increased pumping capacity from Wednesday onwards.”

He assured residents that plans were on track to restore water supply to them.

“The City understand­s the frustratio­n that the residents have had to endure for a considerab­le period of time and appreciate­s their patience during this very difficult period,” he said.

On the other hand, the City was embarking on erecting a new fence around the plant to better secure the facility against criminal elements bent on sabotage and arson.

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