Water outage – it’s finally over! Or is it?
According to a release issued by Cllr Nico De Jager, MMC: Environment and Infrastructure Services Department, additional work is needed to fix two more leaks – about 50m apart – on the main water pipeline that runs through the Linbro Park landfill site.
“I would like to state clearly that contrary to reports, the pipe is not caving in. These are separate leaks, and is attributed to erosion caused by the landfill.
Johannesburg Water will fix these leaks once all the reservoirs on the Sandton line is filled to capacity. Then the entity will aim to do repairs within 24 hours; or for as long as there are water in the reservoirs, to avoid residents being affected.
Johannesburg Water is working with Pikitup to excavate and remove the landfill. This work is currently in progress. We initially aimed to conduct this work in mid-December, when water demand is less, but if we wait until then we will lose too much water.
I will be providing regular updates to residents via the media, as well as my twitter account: @NicoDeJager64 and Johannesburg Water will do the same.
I ask for residents patience as we steadily conduct these repairs, but also tend to all other necessary maintenance requirements.
The decades-long neglect of maintenance means there is still a huge mountain to climb to effectively address our Citys ageing infrastructure challenges. However, this administration is committed to addressing the Citys challenges to the benefit of all our residents.”
Updates on Cllr De Jager’s twitter feed indicate that no confirmed date has been set when repairs to the Sandton pipeline will begin. Joburg Water will communicate the expected date and time and aim to complete the work within 24 hours.
Morningside residents that experienced low pressure or no water earlier on Wednesday were also assured that the matter is unrelated to the burst pipes that were repaired last week, and were instead the result of a blockage that has been removed.