Nelson Mandela Bay asked to save water due to pipeline burst


Residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro have been asked to use water sparingly following the bursting of a water supply pipe near the Maitlands River in the early hours of August 8th.

The pipe, which supplies water from the Churchill dam to the Metro, is estimated to have a diameter of 1 110 mm and is only expected to be in full operation in two weeks-time. The cause of the rupture has not yet been determined although officials from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality are said to have been assessing the damage.

Addressing the media at a press conference held at the Port Elizabeth town hall, Acting City manager, Trevor Harper, accompanied by the Director for Water and Sanitation Services in Nelson Mandela Bay, Barry Martin, and Metro Communications Spokesperson, Roland Williams, called for residents to remain patient and monitor their water usages carefully.

“We are fortunate that our reservoirs are full for the immediate distribution of water for the communities’ needs, provided that all consumers throughout the Nelson Mandela Bay use water sparingly,” said Harper

It is expected that up to 50% of Nelson Mandela Bay would be affected by the pipe burst.

“We must realise that the water supply system to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is an integrated system. So although you get water from the Nooitgedacht system, because it is integrated, we will open up our zone valves to bring water from that area into the areas that we believe will tend to run short of water. Therefore, the whole city must conserve water to keep our system alive,” added Harper

The municipality has also cautioned residents not to fill containers in advance and that those in the area should not approach the site of the incident.

“Residents and industries are requested to hold any water-intensive activity of a non-critical nature in abeyance for the next two weeks,” said Harper.


Photo Caption: Members of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality adressing the media.