The City of uMhlathuze is planning a major water supply shutdown in the eSikhaleni Cluster areas in order to join the main 600mm rubber pipe from Cubhu Lake. The shutdown will affect eSikhaleni Township, KwaDube, Port Dunford, Dlangezwa, Mkhwanazi North, Vulindlela, Felixton, Mangezi Reserve, and other areas that are supplied through eSikhaleni Cluster system. The following wards will be affected: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30 and 34.
The City will also be connecting and commissioning the two diesel power generators that are at Cubhu Lake which will kick in automatically when Eskom runs out of power through load shedding or any other power challenge that may disrupts water pumping.
A week ago the City began with the project of replacement of an old steel pipe that has been corroded thus causing numerous pipe burst which affects eSikhaleni Cluster residents. This pipe was laid under a swamp that caused the corrosion. The replacement with a new HDPE pipe will ensure constant and reliable supply to a number of reservoirs feeding to eSikhaleni Cluster residents.
This major shutdown will take more than 24 hours noting the scope of work required to be done and the technical process to be followed. Drainage of the water from the old pipe, joining of the new pipe, necessary technical tests as well as pumping of water to three 20 megalitre reservoirs situated at eSikhaleni cemeteries. Work will be done during the day and overnight on 29 July 2020 at 6am to 30 July 2020 at 6am.
The City will dispatch water tankers to fill static tanks to supply communities during the shutdown and people are encouraged to store water on containers before the shutdown.
The pipe replacement as well as the purchase of the two generators are urgent interventions aimed at curbing water supply challenges in the eSikhaleni Cluster that has been going on for a while.
The intervention will ensure minimal water supply disruptions to communities. Members of the community are urged to report any illegal water connection to the municipality since this scourge hugely affects the supply of water as it disrupts and damage our infrastructure.
The City has also purchased new yellow plant that includes Four TLBs and One Excavator that will shorten the turnaround time of fixing burst pipe around the City.
UMhlathuze Social Media Pages will also provide timeous updates on the shutdown to keep communities up to date with the work done until water supply is restored.
Members of the public can also call our 24 hour toll free on 0800 222 827.