Taps run dry in Dordrecht


TAPS ran dry in Dordrecht again last Friday, leaving the town’s residents in dire straits.

Residents told the Rep this week that it was believed that the borehole engines had burnt out. The town has been plunged into a severe water crisis since last year due to the ongoing drought in the area.

Residents said there had been no indication whether the boreholes were being fixed and when the supply would be restored.

Those people with boreholes were helping others who were without water.

Chris Hani District Municipality spokeswoman Thobeka Mqamelo said besides one borehole that has no yield due to the depletion of the water source, another borehole was struck by lightning on Thursday night. A control panel was damaged rendering it dysfunctional.

A quick procurement process was undertaken to source parts not locally available and these were expected to be delivered this week.

Mqamelo said the latest developments had impacted heavily on the existent water woes of the town and the carting of water had not ceased with an additional truck assigned.

“Providing this information to all residents for them to understanding what is happening has been somewhat inadequate, however our customer care is rectifying this by enhancing information sharing in the area.”

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