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Water supply to Galeshewe, Platfontein to be interrupted

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Sol Plaatje Municipality has notified residents in Galeshewe, Roodepan and Platfontein that the water supply to these areas will be interrupted for four hours on Monday. This interruption is necessary to boost water levels at the Newton Reservoir.

The Newton Reservoir in Kimberley. File picture: Soraya Crowie

SOL PLAATJE Municipality has notified residents in Galeshewe and Platfontein that the water supply to these areas will be interrupted for four hours on Monday. This interruption is necessary to boost water levels at the Newton Reservoir.

Thabo Mothibi, the municipality’s communications manager, explained that this measure aims to allow the water supply network to recover from the strain it endured during the recent water shutdown.

Specifically, residents of Galeshewe, Roodepan and Platfontein are advised that the water off-takes will be closed from 12 noon to 6pm on Monday.

Mothibi said that though the impact won’t be immediate, as it takes two to three hours for the network to run empty, residents are urged to store water for critical use during a four-hour period.

He added that further measures to enhance the reservoir’s storage capacity and maintain stable supply will be communicated throughout the day.

He explained that after the water supply was restored, the distribution network faced enormous strain due to increased demand, especially from household water tanks such as JoJos.

Mothibi added that the municipality is aware that some areas in the city are still without water. To address this, the Sol Plaatje Waterworks teams have been dispatched and are assessing areas expected to receive water supply.

He assured affected residents that water tankering will remain in force. Residents affected by outages can call the municipality’s toll-free Call Centre at 0801 229 010 for dispatching of roving water tankers.

Mothibi concluded by thanking residents for their patience and apologised for any inconvenience caused by delays in the repair work.

He said that once supply stability is achieved, the municipality will provide details on the gains made from the planned water supply interruption.

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