East water crises worsens

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Olympus and Zwavelpoort residents say the water crisis in their area has worsened since they asked the Tshwane metro to fix it.

Residents have been experiencing daily water disruptions of up to 18 hours long since May, and about a month ago, they met with city representatives to discuss the issue.

At the meeting, the head of utility services department Stephen Notoane said the pressure valve at the nearby reservoir was the likely cause of the disruptions.

He said the city also had to cope with problems such as bursting water pipes.

Since this meeting the situation had actually become worse, Olympus resident Marinda de Lange told Rekord.

“On some days we are excited to have water,” she said. “Some days we become extremely frustrated because the water would be off.”

When the water supply was off, it will be off for most of the day.

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When there is no water we cannot flush our toilets and that is unhygienic. Sometimes it happens during the weekend when we have visitors over.”

“While a water pressure booster station was being built to alleviate the problem, the city had to put in short-term solution in place,” said MMC for services and infrastructure Darryl Moss.

“On 22 November we are upgrading the water supply network to get back to what it was eight months ago.”

Moss said the booster station should be completed by Christmas.

In the meantime, some residents have resorted to buying drinking water and harvesting their swimming for bath water.

De Lange said the city should warn residents of any planned interruptions.


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