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|Onderwerp: Joburg suburbs without water Fri May 07, 2010 9:40 pm|| |
|Joburg suburbs without water|
|7 May 2010|
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Suburbs around Sandton and the east of Johannesburg were left without water today, after "technical problems" shut down their supply, Johannesburg Water said.
“Suburbs in the eastern parts of Johannesburg such as Bramley, Wynberg, Savoy and surrounding areas, as well as Sandton and surrounding areas have been affected,” spokesman Baldwin Matsimela said.
Technicians began working on a faulty valve on Thursday evening when they were interrupted by a leak in one of the pipes, he said.
“Technicians, who were working to replace a faulty valve yesterday, were expected to finish at 6pm, however they experienced technical problems and were delayed until midnight.
“They were welding a pipe, which had opened and noticed that there was water coming through the pipe so they had to postpone everything to identify the source which caused further delays,” Matsimela said.
The source of the leak had been identified and the technicians were currently in the process of welding the pipes together, he said.
However Matsimela did not expect water to return to the areas for another six to ten hours.
Johannesburg Water was sending water tankers to the affected areas to temporarily alleviate the problem.
“We are also busy dispatching water tankers to affected areas which will give residents a temporary water supply while the technicians are completing their job,” Matsimela said.
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According to the Johannesburg Water website, planned water outages were also expected to affect suburbs in the Fourways area on Friday.
Water would be turned off in Fourways Gardens, Dainfern Ridge, Dainfern Valley and surrounding areas from 9.30am to 6.30pm.