Due to low water levels at the Newton Reservoir in Kimberley, Sol Plaatje Municipality will implement daily water interruptions from 11am until 3pm, followed by nightly water interruptions from 9pm until 4am the following day.
DUE TO low water levels at the Newton Reservoir in Kimberley, Sol Plaatje Municipality will implement daily water interruptions from 11am in the morning until 3pm in the afternoon, followed by a nightly water interruption from 9pm until 4am the following day.
Municipal spokesperson Thoko Riet said the additional water interruptions will commence on Tuesday, October 10.
“The water levels at Newton Reservoir are still low and some areas in Kimberley are experiencing low to no water. As a result, the municipality will be embarking on an afternoon interruption. Water will from Tuesday be interrupted from 11am in the morning and will resume at 3pm in the afternoon. The nightly shutdowns will be from 9pm until 4am the next morning,” said Riet.
“Efforts to counter the drop in reservoir levels are impacted by the peak demand due to the current heatwave, lower than normal production at Riverton Water Purification Works and the reopening of schools. The filters at the Riverton Water Treatment Plant also require refurbishment, which has resulted in the Newton water level not filling up as expected. The water treatment works are currently also not operating at optimum level.”
Riet added that schools, clinics and hospitals would be provided with water.
“During the water interruptions, schools, clinics and hospitals that do not have water shortage facilities will be provided with water through water tankers. The municipality is working tirelessly to restore uninterrupted and reliable water to the residents in Sol Plaatje,” Riet concluded.