Thabiso Goba
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19 Nov 2021
09:07

Five weeks to fix Durban water problem -Umgeni

Thabiso Goba

Durban’s water shortages are likely to persist for at least another five weeks according to bulk water supplier, Umgeni Water.

Durban’s water shortages are likely to persist for at least another five weeks according to bulk water supplier, Umgeni Water.

It said it would take at least five weeks to fix the pump failure at Inanda Dam.

On November 11, an emergency shaft pump that conveys raw water from the dam to the Durban Heights Water Treatment Works (DHWTW) failed, subsequently resulting in a lack of raw water.

DHWTW treats raw water and supplies it as potable water to the eThekwini Municipality central, southern and northern systems.

Over 50 areas across Durban have been experiencing some form of water shortage and outages.

Umgeni said it has hired an external contractor who has already begun repairing the pump.

It is located about 200 metres below surface, according to Umgeni, and the contractor would have to disassemble, refurbish and reinstall it.

“This is time consuming and complex work but everything possible will be done to complete it before the allocated time,” said Ziphozethu Mathenja, chairperson of the board of Umgeni Water in a statement released on Thursday.

In the meantime, Mathenjwa said Umgeni is also repairing the Nagle Aquaduct 4 and completing outstanding work on Reservoir 4 at DHWTW in order to augment the water shortage.

The eThekwini Municipality has sent water tankers to affected areas and asked residents to use water sparingly.