Maintenance and upgrading of municipal main water supply pipelines in Pretoria city will keep residents without water for two days.
According to the city’s spokesperson, Lindela Mashigo, contractors will hit the ground running from 6pm on Tuesday, August 16th, to Thursday.
As gathered, the planned water interruptions; which will cost the city a whooping R12-million would mostly affect residents living in Pretoria East and the Moot.
Other areas in and around Pretoria city to be affected include: La Montagne; Die Wilgers; Murrayfield; Mamelodi, Silverton, Garsfontein, Ashlea Gardens, Samcor Park, Silverton, Silvertondale, Villieria, Jan Niemandpark, Waltloo, East Lynne.
The rest are: Rietfontein, Val de Grace; Kilnerpark, Meyerspark, Equestria, Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood, Lynnwood Park, Faerie Glen, CSIR, Waverley, Eersterus, Queenswood, Brummeria, Constantia Park, Newlands, Ekklesia, Waterkloof Glen, Moreletapark, Alphenpark, Menlyn and Lynnwood Ridge
Residents are therefore encouraged to brace themselves for the two-day drought by making arrangements for water tankers while work on the water reticulation network lasts.
Speaking further, Mashigo said the installation of the pipe is coming following complaints on water shortages and low water pressure.
“The plumbers will be on site installing a steel pipe which is 1.2m in diameter at the intersection of Blouhaak and Rubenstein streets in Moreleta Park.
Ideally we would have wanted to install a plastic pipe. But unfortunately they don’t make plastic pipes as big as the one we need,” Mashigo added.
However, most businessmen in the city are already at fever pitch following the news on the two-day drought.
A businessman, Roland Potgieter, who deals on purified water at Lynnwood Ridge, said he will be making brilliant profit in his business from Monday.
He recalled there has been an increase in water purchases since last week, as the number of people buying 5-litre water bottles has been on the increase.