UPDATE: East water crises solved

An end has been put to water supply disruptions in parts of the east of Pretoria the past six months utility services Darryl Moss said on Wednesday.

He said a booster pump station had been built to help alleviate the water problems in Olympus and Zwavelpoort.

“The mechanical works for the pump station and pipe works have all been completed,” said Moss.

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“The contractor closed for the construction holidays before he could complete the electrical testing. If goes okay, the water problems in the area should be a thing of the past.”

He said the booster would kick in automatically when the water pressure from other stations dropped.

Last year, residents complained about often going without water for up to 18 hours several times a week – without any notice from the Tshwane metro.

Resident Hannes Enslin said there had been a marked improvement in the water supply since last month.

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“We haven’t had any water disruption since the beginning of December. We’ve occasionally had low water pressure, but we have not had any water cuts,” he said.

René Schkerling said their days of resorting to pool water for bathing were over.

“We had to use swimming pool water to bath and buy drinking water.”

“We haven’t had any of that this past December,” she said

Faulty valves and numerous network failures such as bursting pipes had been listed as some of the causes of disruptions.

The city`s water supply was limited and the demand for water exceeded supply, but the booster would help relieve the situation, said Moss.

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