Bloem residents warned of water interruptions

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The Mangaung Metro Municipality issued a statement warning residents of water interruptions due to high turbidity.

According to the municipality, some parts of Bloemfontein are currently experiencing water interruptions and low water pressure as a result of water treatment and supply challenges at the Maselspoort panel.

Spokesperson, Qondile Khedama said that this was due to the high turbidity following the recent rainfalls which caused floods and high run-off in the city. “As a result, both the southern and northern sides of the city will be affected by low water interruptions. In addition, we have also experienced a pipe burst on the Maselspoort pipeline. Engineering services are working around the clock to solve this challenge and water is expected to be restored tomorrow,” said Khedama.

The following areas will be affected:

North: Pentagon Park, Bayswater, Dan Pienaar, Heuwelsig and parts of the CBD.

South: Universitas, Gardenia Park, Pellisier, Wilgehof, Fauna and Fichardt Park.

The metro urges residents to use water sparingly while they attend to this matter.

Meanwhile the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reported that the country’s dam levels have risen by an average national level at 60,2%, a slight improvement from last week’s 59,2%.

The Free State, which received hammering rains recently, has had its dam levels increasing from 65,6% to 67,7% this week. The province boasts some of the biggest dams in the country, including Gariep and Vanderkloof dams.

Despite the improvement, the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has renewed her appeal to all South Africans to continue saving water as the country is not out of the woods yet, as some provinces are still experiencing severe droughts.

Seithati Semenokane

seithati@bloemfonteincourant.co.za