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Sol just about ready to start repairs on pipeline

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Repairs will start once the pipeline has emptied.

Work has commenced on the water pipeline where Kimberley residents will experience a dry weekend. Picture supplied

Work will be performed to repair leaks on the 965 mm main pipeline from Riverton that supplies water to Kimberley.

Spokesperson for Sol Plaatje municipality Sello Matsie said work was progressing well on the corner of Edgerton and Main road.

“All valves on the line have been closed and sections where repairs will be effected are being scoured to empty. Once the line is empty work will commence.”

He added that water tankers and Jojo tanks were distributing water throughout the city on schedule.

“We continue to urge the community to use water only for essential purposes and as advised should keep adequate water until the water supply is restored.”

Matsie advised residents that were holding funerals over the weekend to contact the municipality for assistance in filling up water tankers.

Work has commenced on the water pipeline where Kimberley residents will experience a dry weekend. Picture supplied

Work has commenced on the water pipeline where Kimberley residents will experience a dry weekend. Picture supplied
Work has commenced on the water pipeline where Kimberley residents will experience a dry weekend. Picture supplied
Work has commenced on the water pipeline where Kimberley residents will experience a dry weekend. Picture supplied

Residents in Warrenton have meanwhile been without a water supply for the past two weeks.

They slammed the municipality for its incompetence, poor excuses and lack of service delivery and were not convinced of the explanations provided.

Since October 10 the municipality advised residents that it was experiencing pumping problems at the raw water sump at the Warrenton Water Treatment Plant where load shedding and vandalism was contributing to the continuous water disruptions.

“Our pumps are old. The load shedding of this week has affected their calibration and efficiency.

“Every time we experience load shedding we struggle to restart them.

“We are currently working on resolving this problem. The current upgrading project of the Warrenton Water Treatment Plant will resolve this in the long run.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.”

On October 13 the Water and Sanitation team indicated that there were low water levels at the reservoir while load shedding resulted in the treatment plant not being able to operate 24 hours per day as was required to fill the reservoirs.

“Due to the load shedding it takes up to two hours to start operating the treatment plant and another two hours to fill the 1.2 Ml sump before distribution. Only 1,2 ml of water can be distributed before the next round of load shedding occurs.”

It stated that Vaalharts Water explained that problems were also experienced at Phokwane municipality where they were not able to assist with the delivery of water trucks.

“What they can do is send us a truck if it can be filled somewhere from our side.”

In an update on the municipality’s Facebook page on Thursday it stated that the infrastructure was old and dilapidated while “unprecedented levels of vandalism” was also affecting the water supply.

“Firstly, our main bulk water pipeline of 1 650 millimetres from the Warrenton Water Treatment Plant has been filled with big stones.

Magareng municipality said acts of vandalism was affecting the water supply. Picture Facebook

“This leakage is creating high volumes of water losses at a very critical point in the bulk water distribution. We are currently sourcing clamps of that size to try and stop this leakage.”

It added that people were removing clamps from the Warrenvale reservoir pipes that was creating major leakage around the reservoir.

“Another problem created by this is that the pump station does not receive the required flow, as such the reservoir is struggling to fill up due to the leakage.

“We urge that the community works with us and not destroy our infrastructure.

We also apologise for the inconvenience this has been caused.”

In an update on the municipality’s Facebook page on Thursday it stated that the infrastructure was old and dilapidated while “unprecedented levels of vandalism” was also affecting the water supply.

Magareng municipality said acts of vandalism was affecting the water supply. Picture Facebook

On November 16 the municipality indicated that it was busy with maintenance on the Water Treatment Plant.

“The Water Treatment Plant is unable to operate optimally as it needs sufficient time to pump and distribute water accordingly.

The municipality wishes to apologise for this huge inconvenience.”

Magareng municipality said maintenance was being conducted at the water purification plant while residents have been without water for the past two weeks. Picture Facebook
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