Komani is currently experiencing intense water interruptions and has resulted to water cuts between 8pm and 4am.
Besides the drought conditions and growth in demand for water supply, our pumping activities have recently been affected by instability in power supply which caused our pump stations to trip whenever there is a blink, especially the McEwan’s pump station which is more susceptible to such occurrences.
The Chris Hani district communication officer Lonwabo Kowa said there was only half of the normal gravity water quantity running into both Komani and Whittlesea plants yesterday.
“The pumps must be reset whenever this occurs. In such circumstances it is not possible to activate emergency power supply as power cuts are not protracted. In the meantime, water is rationed across all areas to ensure equal access by various areas serviced. Low lying areas such as Southbourne, Sandringham, Madeira, Kings Park, Westbourne and New Rest normally get full supply during the day, but must now be regulated to allow water to reach high lying areas.
“Similarly, at intervals, closure of high level reservoir that feeds town is effected to improve levels. For Ezibeleni Zone 1,2 and 3 will be closed between10am and 4pm.”
Kowa said normal pumping resumed yesterday from 2pm while they were still monitoring all the pump stations until power stability was maintained.
“CHDM understands the strain brought about by this situation and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,” said Kowa.