THE NEWLY appointed contractors, Iceburg Group from Bloemfontein, arrived on site at the Newton Reservoir yesterday to start work on the R14 million project to begin replacing rusted water pipes on the main water network supply.
Work is expected to span over an estimated five months to repair water pipes that are constantly bursting.
The city has experienced several unannounced water interruptions, the latest being over the Easter weekend.
Spokesman for Sol Plaatje Municipality, Sello Matsie, said that a new water chamber would be constructed so that the water supply to Hadison Park, Royldene, Conrad Street in Albertynshof and Sol Plaatje University would be separated from the main network.
“Once this is done we will be able to isolate the areas that experience water leaks or burst pipes. There will be better management of water and improved reliability. The city has been plagued by burst pipes for over two years already,” said Matsie.
He indicated that water interruptions would only take place towards the end of the project when the pipes were connected.
“Preparation work will first be done on site and the contractors will begin sourcing the necessary materials. Adequate notice will be given before the water supply is temporarily cut over a weekend. The preparation work should not affect the daily supply of water.”
Matsie added that repairs would be made to the valve in Lawson Street and pipes would be replaced in Carrington Road, Hoffe Park, Reservoir and Birbeck Avenue, William Gasson Street and Waterworks Street.
“The new pipes, which will have an expected lifespan of between 20 to 30 years, will be corrosive proof and will be constructed of steel or PVC.
“We request residents to be patient while the repairs are taking place over the next few months and we assure the public that we will inform them ahead of time of any upcoming water interruptions,” said Matsie.