Engineers from the City of Tshwane's Utility Services have finalised repairs to the burst pipe in the Fountains vicinity that left residents and businesses in various areas at the margins of the Pretoria CBD without water.
Repairs were finished earlier today, and water was allowed into the system from the Salvokop reservoir. The process of filling the water network will take time, given the fact that the pipeline had run completely dry. The engineers must be cautious when pumping water into the system in order to avoid any hiccups such as leakages and/or pipe bursts. This means that water will be gradually allowed into the grid.
The City's engineers are monitoring the network, and it is hoped that it will stabilise soon. Consumers in low-lying areas will be the first to receive water. This is due to network needing to build up enough pressure, which will lead to high-lying areas also receiving water.
It is important for consumers to be prudent when using water. The City urges consumers not to water gardens, wash cars, fill swimming pools, etc until the flow of water has normalised. This will take approximately three days, assuming that there are no setbacks.
The following areas are affected by the water supply interruption:
· Sunnyside, Salvokop, Arcadia, Clydesdale as well as the south of the Pretoria CBD
· Health facilities (hospitals)
· Old-age homes
· National and provincial government departments
· Tertiary institutions and schools
The City will maintain 100 water tankers at strategic points to supply water to consumers.
Customers are urged to follow @CityTshwane for updates on Twitter.