IOL News August 2 2012
Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth residents were advised to conserve water after pipelines supplying the city were damaged, the municipality said on Thursday.
Two pipes bringing water from the Churchill and Impofu dams to reservoirs were washed away during flooding near the Van Stadens River resort, spokesperson Kupido Baron said in a statement.
“These pipelines supply a third of the water supply to the city. Some areas will be affected after approximately 24 hours when reservoirs run dry.”
Affected areas included Central, Deal Party, Summerstrand, Humewood, North End, Korsten, Struandale, Mount Pleasant, Lovemore Park, Lovemore Heights, Algoa Park, Struandale, Gelvandale, Gelvan Park, and parts of New Brighton and KwaZakhele.
Water from the remaining two sources, Loerie and Nooitgedagt (Gariep Dam) was being diverted to limit the number of areas affected.
Residents in areas without water could call 0800-20-5050 for water tankers to be dispatched
With extreme weather patterns seemingly the order of the day would it not be better to be prepared for these situations? By harvesting your own rainwater you don’t need to rely on the municipality for your water and will also not be affected by any outages. Water conservation should be practiced by each and every one of us, day in day out, not only when there is a crisis at hand.