Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Acting Executive Director for Infrastructure and Engineering, Mr Barry Martin, shared the news with a team of journalists earlier today that the 700mm diameter steel pipe had been fixed before 6:00 am this morning.
This comes after initial predictions on Thursday, when the two pipelines supplying water from the Churchill/Impofu dams were washed away due to flooding (Editors Notes – See: Friday Rant – The Real Reason Why the Van Stadens Water Pipes Broke), suggested that the restoration of water supply would take up to 5 days.
“This excellent development put us in a position to distribute water through the pipeline and could mean that water supply could be back to normal sometime tomorrow afternoon.
“We are extremely happy with the great team work displayed by municipal employees, contractors and the political leadership that enabled us to deal with this potentially critical situation with speed in order to the benefit of the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay,” Mr Martin added.
Residents are reminded to use water sparingly and postpone the washing of laundry and other projects that will require the usage of large volumes of water tomorrow to allow for reservoirs to fill up.
Since the pipelines were washed away during the early morning on Thursday, workers worked day and night until the pipe was fixed this morning.
Mr Martin thanked them for their unwavering spirit and commitment to the well-being of the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Editors Notes: I have emailed Kupido Baron with the following two further questions:
- Any prediction on how long it will take to fix the 1000mm Concrete pipe?
- What remedial action is being taken to ensure that the servitude is kept clear and that the air valves will be maintained?
As per normal I do not expect my dear friend in Communications to communicate but live in hope that I will be pleasantly surprised.