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North water outages: Municipality strives to speedily restore service after repairs

The municipality has pledged to prioritise the repair of water pipe leaks in the metro.

The metro says the maintenance team in Region 1 is aware of the continuous water outages caused as and when pipes burst in Pretoria North.

This comes after residents residing in General Beyers and President Steyn streets in the north of Pretoria raised concern over water leaks affecting their daily water requirements.

Mary Louw, who lives in Pretoria North, said the water outages are causing a huge headache to most residents in the area.

“It is concerning and for a moment, I thought it was the planned maintenance by the metro.

“There is no speculated time for the outages because at times the water can go for an hour or two,” said Louw.

Piet Rogers said the water outages mess up their daily schedule.

“Water is a basic need and the water outages always mess with your day because now things like doing laundry, washing my car and other house stuff must stop.

“The metro must fix the pipes because the budget is there,” said Rogers.

Metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said Pretoria North’s infrastructure is mostly asbestos pipes, which are susceptible to bursts in extreme temperatures due to their rigidity.

“Now that it is winter season, there will be many pipe breakages,” said Mashigo.

He said the metro continuously attends to the pipe bursts as and when they occur.

“The metro has been and continues to experience several pipe bursts in the area.

“Unfortunately, for the maintenance team to effect the repairs, the leak has to be isolated by shutting down the water supply.”

Mashigo said the municipality strives to restore services as soon as the repairs are completed.

Rand Water recently notified consumers in parts of Gauteng that they would experience long supply disruptions when it embarks on a 37-day maintenance work schedule.

The water utility said the planned maintenance is aimed at preserving the lifespan of its infrastructure and improving its reliability during the higher summer demand period.

“This essential maintenance work will involve the replacement of Rand Water’s bulk water meters that supply various reservoirs in Tshwane.”

The city will provide water through tankers to the affected areas.

“The city apologises for the inconvenience that may be encountered as a result of the above­mentioned maintenance programme.”

Reservoirs that will be affected:

Reservoirs supplied by Rand Water’s Palmiet System will be affected on different dates as follows:

– July 1: Pumping at 60% for eight hours
– July 15: Pumping at 68% for two days
– July 29: Pumping at 76% for 40 hours.

The following reservoirs will be affected:

– Akasia
– Bakenkop
– Blair Athol: Blair Athol (all extensions), Monaghan (all extensions), Rietfontein 532-JQ, Riverside Estate 497-JQ and Vlakfontein 494-JQ
– Brakfontein
– Lotus Gardens
– Louwlardia
– Saulsville
– Soshanguve DD

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