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Repairs on 600mm pipeline under way after NCH School raised concerns of clean water flooding their sports ground

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Repairs on the Newton pipeline started last week after Northern Cape High School raised concerns about the excessive clean water flooding in the school sports ground and the road since 2016.

Sports ground at NCH. Picture: Danie van der Lith

THE Sol Plaatje local municipality has issued a warning that the water supply from the Newton reservoir would be interrupted for approximately 3 hours in order for waterworks to repair a leaking 600mm water pipe at the reservoirs.

Municipal spokesperson Thoko Riet said the only difference is that lower water pressure will be experienced at several areas throughout the city due to work on the 600mm pipeline at the reservoir.

This is after concerns that the city might have to experience water shutdowns for days in order for repairs to be completed.

Riet said that smaller leakages, which led to the main leak at the reservoir, were already fixed at the Northern Cape district Department of Education.

Repairs on the Newton pipeline started last week after Northern Cape High School raised concerns about the excessive clean water flooding in the school sports ground and the road since 2016.

Parents complained that it was too much of a hassle for them to drop off and collect their children due to the flooding.

The road in front of the school was damaged to such an extent that there was not not much road surface left.

The front of the school. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Concerns were raised that the situation was a hazard to the learners as well.

According to the School Governing Body (SGB) of 2016, they requested consulting engineers to investigate and report on the abnormal deterioration of the surface of six existing tennis courts and cricket nets on the premises.

It was revealed that the pool pump and filter room were also examined, where it was determined that the damage showed signs of standing water and recurrent flooding.

The areas had evidence of intermittent and regular flooding in the form of surface run-off.

Earth moving equipment was previously appointed by the school to make a sand barrier to stop the water from flooding the fields.

This would usually be temporary since the repairs would be washed away by the clean drinking water that flows into the school property.

The school further revealed that the poor status of their sports ground continued to hamper its sport preparation for the upcoming major Wildeklawer festival.

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