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City set for total water shutdown

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Urgent attention is needed to address water losses in the city

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Kimberley residents have been urged to remain calm ahead of a total water shutdown which will take place from March 23 until March 25.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality said yesterday that the shutdown will take place due to work that needs to be conducted at the Riverton Reservoir and that details surrounding the shutdown will be communicated during a media briefing on Monday.

The Sol Plaatje executive mayor, Mangaliso Matika, during a mid-term budget report earlier this year, said that urgent attention is needed to address water losses in the city.

Matika stated that a new pump station will be constructed in Riverton.

“The construction of the new state-of-the-art pump station at Riverton is under way. The pumps have already been manufactured and are ready for installation. The commissioning of the new plant will bring relief regarding the certainty of supply of water. A decision is yet to be made with regards to the old pump station. The pump station is estimated at R25 million and the pumps R30 million, with the addition of the fourth pump already approved by this council in April, 2017.” Matika said.