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Newcastillians hailing from Osizweni and Madadeni find themselves without water days later, following a burst pipe at the Braakfontein Reservoir on Sunday, 24 January 2021—but the issue now appears to be resolved.
While the pipe was repaired on the day, unforeseen circumstances resulted in residents facing several more hours without water. In ensuring people could sustain themselves whilst the pipe was being repaired, water tankers were posted to the affected areas.
With taps still dry on Monday morning 25 January 2021, being the previously committed to deadline by the Municipality—frustrated residents took to social media, voicing their dismay and anger towards the situation.
However, we are happy to report the affected areas can now expect their water supply to return slowly. The Newcastle Municipality’s Communications Department states that the Newcastle Municipality Technical Unit can confirm the repair work has finally been completed after working throughout the night.
Thankfully, the water supply has begun to return in Osizweni, Buffalo Flats and Madadeni.
Head of the Municipal Communications Department, Mlungisi Khumalo explains, “The process to pressurise the system fully, will take some time, since the water network was empty. Therefore, water supply will be supplied at different intervals, until the system is fully pressurised.”
The Newcastle Municipality would like to alert the public, that the water supply should be fully functional tomorrow, 27 January 2021. This is because the water began pumping into the system this afternoon, 26 January 2021.
Khumalo stresses, “The municipality wholeheartedly notes the frustration by members of the public, and fully apologises for the inconvenience caused.”
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