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Water shortage in NMB due to load shedding

By Natali Iverson - Feb 18, 2015
Water shortage in NMB due to load shedding

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Director for Water and Sanitation Services, Barry Martin and Municipal Communications Spokesperson, Roland Williams, have attributed the low pressure of water in Western Areas of Port Elizabeth, to the constant load shedding.

Areas affected include Newton Park, Greenbushes, Westering, Malabar, Kabega Park, Chelsea, Lorraine, Linton Grange and Heath Park; however the water shortages in these areas have mainly been resolved.

“The shortage of water was as a result of electricity outages that prevented the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to treat water, which resulted in the reservoirs running low,” Martin said during a media briefing.

Load shedding on the 17th and 18th of February, disrupted the Elandsjacht Water Treatment Works as well as Loerie Water Treatment Works, which resulted in various parts of the Bay experiencing low water pressure.

“Because of the unpredictable load shedding for the last month and going forward, the water supply system will be under consistent pressure going forward. In a normal situation with all the reservoirs being so low, it would take about a month to recover from such an incident,” Martin added.

The Municipality urges members of the community to continue to use water sparingly.