To­wns­folk up­set a­bout o­pen fi­re hy­drants, mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty says it’s ‘flus­hing’ the sy­stem

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

So­me re­si­dents of Graaff-reinet say they we­re a­lar­med t­his week to see wa­ter spe­wing from fi­re hy­drants. P­ho­tos and vi­de­os of wa­ter rus­hing from a fi­re hy­drant in Woe­ke Street we­re pos­ted to so­ci­al me­dia on Mon­day. “I just ha­ve a pro­blem with seeing fresh wa­ter go do­wn the drain”, one con­cer­ned re­si­dent said. But of­fi­ci­als from the Dr Bey­ers Nau­dé Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty say their in­ten­ti­on is not to was­te wa­ter. In a re­spon­se to que­ries by the Graaff­rei­net Ad­ver­ti­ser in t­his re­gard, Le­o­lynn S­mith, mu­ni­ci­pal com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons of­fi­cer, sta­ted that the re­a­son for o­pe­ning the fi­re hy­drants can be two­fold. “Fir­st­ly, for flus­hing the mains, or se­cond­ly, to re­lie­ve the hy­drau­lic pres­su­re in the mains so as to ef­fect re­pairs, es­pe­ci­al­ly if t­he­re has been a burst main pi­pe. The re­le­a­se of pres­su­re by t­his met­hod is not i­de­al but due to ageing in­fra­struc­tu­re, val­ves are not o­pe­ra­ti­o­nal”, com­men­ted S­mith.

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