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#WaterUpdate: City braces for extended interruptions


Water will be interrupted to all areas in Kimberley and Ritchie from 6pm

File picture: Nokuthula Mbatha/African News Agency (ANA)

CITY residents have been warned to prepare for extended water interruptions as the water levels at the Newton Reservoir have not stabilised yet.

This is after Sol Plaatje Municipality started implementing shared water interruptions throughout Kimberley and Ritchie this morning due to challenges experienced after feeding the Rhodesdene area last night.

The municipality has indicated that the water supply at the Newton Reservoir has only been opened for high-lying areas (“town areas”), as of 6.45am this morning.

The water will be interrupted again at 2pm to allow lower-lying areas to receive an allocation of water.

The low-lying areas are set to start receiving water from 2pm to 6pm.

The acting executive director of technical services at Sol Plaatje Municipality, Phethole Sithole, said that all areas will experience interruptions from 6pm until Monday morning, up until about 7am.

According to Sithole, the shared water interruptions are due to challenges that the team experienced at the Newton Reservoir while supplying the Rhodesdene area.

“We initially expected to have water to supply everyone today. But this morning we had another problem at the reservoir as we did not find ourselves having the higher levels we expected,” said Sithole.

He assured residents that arrangements have been made for trucks to supply water to JoJo tanks in various areas in Kimberley and Ritchie.

“We have around 140 JoJo tanks combined in Ritchie and Kimberley that will be filled regularly.”

Sithole has also urged residents to fill containers with water.