Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality: possible water supply disruptions during Nooitgdagt repairs

MARCH 20, 2015

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Friday warned local residents to expect possible interruptions to their water supply in the coming week due to repair work at a major treatment plant.

"The National Department of Water & Sanitation will be carrying out repairs on a valve located on the pipeline that supplies water to the Nooitgedagt Water Treatment Works. The repairs will commence on 21 March and is expected to be completed by 26 March 2015," said Nelson Mandela Bay Director of Communications, Roland Williams, in a statement.

He said that while the repairs are being done, water supply to the Nooidgedacht Treatment Works will be stopped.

"Proactively, the NMBM has ensured that all our reservoirs which are fed from Nooidgedacht have been filled. However, the full reservoirs carry enough water for two to three days, and the maintenance work will probably be longer than that. This may indeed lead to a water shortage in the latter part of next week (possibly Wednesday or Thursday)," described Williams.

"The water shortage can be beaten -all that we have to do is to USE WATER SPARINGLY, and we won't have a problem."

Willaims appealed to residents not to fill up additional water containers as this will only exacerbate the problem and directly lead to a water shortage.

"Again we stress that THERE WILL BE NO WATER SHORTAGE IF WE USE WATER SPARINGLY OVER THE NEXT WEEK.

"We thank you for your cooperation and community spirit in this regard. Remember that the maintenance work ensures that the water supply system is in good order," he said.