Van­dals cause wa­ter out­age

Talk of the Town - - News - JON HOUZET

AL­MOST the en­tire Port Al­fred and Ne­mato have been up in arms this week over low wa­ter pres­sure or no wa­ter at all in cer­tain ar­eas.

TotT’s Face­book group re­ceived nu­mer­ous posts from peo­ple com­plain­ing about the lack of wa­ter.

TotT had re­ceived and posted an alert from Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity on Mon­day about the out­age af­fect­ing Ne­mato and other high-ly­ing ar­eas.

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesman Ce­cil Mbolekwa said the out­age was caused by Eskom power break­ages at the pump sta­tion.

He said trucks would dis­trib­ute wa­ter in af­fected ar­eas and mu­nic­i­pal staff were work­ing hard to re­store flow.

But the prob­lem per­sisted and be­came more wide­spread on Tues­day.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, deputy di­rec­tor of in­fra­struc­ture Onke Sopela said the in­let to the bal­anc­ing dam, where raw wa­ter is stored, had been van­dalised.

“Our team man­aged to fix that im­me­di­ately but there was a prob­lem of wa­ter not com­ing into the bal­anc­ing dam that then caused the dam lev­els to drop dras­ti­cally, and that also af­fected the sup­ply of the treat­ment plant,” Sopela said.

“Lev­els at the stor­age reser­voir dropped as far as 60% and that af­fected the high ly­ing ar­eas in town. The town­ship [Ne­mato] was the first to be af­fected,” he said.

“Our teams are work­ing day and night to make sure that we re­store the sit­u­a­tion to nor­mal.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.