Africa – Port Elizabeth’s water crisis is nearly over

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Article courtesy of SABC | August 5, 2012 | Shared as educational material only

One of the two major pipes supplying the city has been repaired and water is flowing slowly into the city’s resevoirs. The municipality says water should be available to all homes and businesses by lunchtime tomorrow.

Thousands have been without water after the two pipes burst as a result of heavy rain falls on Thursday. Residents have had to fill buckets from tankers.
Industry and businesses have been affected with several companies having to close or curtail operations.
Kevin Hustler from the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber says:
“We have had complaints that the municipality were warned by residents about serious leaks in the pipes before they burst but did nothing about it.”

The situation will not be resolved completely until the second and larger pipe is also fixed…

Municipality’s infrastructure acting director Barry Martin says the pipe was fixed before 6am this morning. He says the water supply could be back to normal by tomorrow afternoon. We responded immediately, we hired contractors who worked 24 hours flat out to fix it in less time than we had hoped for,”he says.
Martin has asked residents to use water sparingly and to postpone the washing of laundry and other projects requiring the usage of large volumes of water to allow reservoirs to fill up. While everybody should have water soon, the situation will not be resolved completely until the second and larger pipe is also fixed.
The pipes, which brought water from the Churchill and Impofu dams to city reservoirs, were washed away during floods on Thursday. They supplied a third of the city’s water. – Additional report by Sapa.

Africa: Port Elizabeth’s water crisis now affecting businesses.

Article courtesy of SABC | August 3, 2012 | Shared as educational material only

Businesses in Port Elizabeth’s biggest shopping centre, Greenacres, have had to close their doors after their taps ran dry. Water shortages have hamstrung the city after two main supply water pipes burst. Municipal officials say they are re-routing water to areas without any water.

Water tankers have been provided to supply hospitals and an operational centre has been set up to manage water supply. Repairs are expected to take at least five days. Consumers have been urged to use water sparingly.

Several suburbs in Port Elizabeth have run out of water. This follows the collapse of two main supply water pipes to the city.

Summerstrand, Fernglen, Overbakens, Newton Park and Greenacres are affected, but many others will be without water in the next few days while repairs are being done.

The water supply from the Churchill and Mpofu Dams had to be turned off. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is supporting residents with water tankers.

Residents have been urged to cut down drastically on water consumption. It’s estimated that the 700 mm diameter steel pipe will take five days to repair, while the one meter diameter concrete pipe about two weeks.

Meanwhile, hospitals in Port Elizabeth have enough water to see them through the next few days and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has provided water tanks to them as they deliver an emergency service.


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