Water should be restored by late afternoon today in Botshabelo after a planned interruption of supply in order to repair the main line in the area. However, suburbs in the northern parts of Bloemfontein have been experiencing some not planned water cuts for the past few days.
According to Mangaung Municipality spokesperson Qondile Khedama, this has been because of cable theft at the Maselspoort Water Treatment Plant last week. “This has rendered the plant out of operation. The damage that has been caused is huge and the cost may run to just over a million,” he said.
However, the spokesperson failed to respond to enquiries as to when water supply would be restored to affected areas in Bloemfontein, which include Pentagon Park, Heuwelsig and Dan Pienaar among others.
A bare copper earth wire and three core copper cables, which were in store for emergencies, were stolen by municipal workers while on duty in the early hours of Friday. “The suspects have been identified on CCTV camera and a case of theft has been opened with the South African Police Service,” explained Khedama.
He assured in a statement that in Botshabelo the affected areas, including Sections J, K and F, will have water supply by 16:00 this afternoon.
According to Khedama the contractors are on the job to ensure that the main pipe is fixed. “The purpose of the shutdown is for the repair and fitting of the T-piece on the mainline. The contractor will work on the line from 10:00 until 14:00,” he said.