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Update on repairs to Genevafontein Site

The repairs on site at the Genevafontein watermain burst are continuing today, 15 March,  with all of the specialised parts and required equipment having arrived timeously. Work is expected to continue for the rest of the day, with the hope that water will be restored by tonight. Upon completion of connections, the waterlines will be tested for leaks. A minimum layer of soil must support and cover the pipes before water can be entirely restored. It will take an additional few hours for water to have filled up sufficiently to restore full water pressure throughout the system.

The recommissioning of all of the old water lines this morning is slowly allowing the system to keep water flowing and a number of areas have had water restored albeit at low water pressure. Please continue to use water sparingly as the old raw water pipes are smaller and cannot handle full capacity.

Acting Municipal Manager, Dr Michele Gratz today thanked all of the officials and service providers for their hard work under such trying circumstances. “This type of challenging repair is unforeseen and takes a huge commitment from all of our officials with everyone pulling together to assist. I would also like to thank the residents of George for their goodwill and understanding of the situation. The municipality understands the inconvenience of not having water and is taking all steps to restore the supply as soon as is possible, “ she said.

PLEASE NOTE: Water is also available for COLLECTION @ Fire Department, Mitchell Street and @Thembalethu Fire Station (Fourways)

Please see list of trucks to supply water at points most affected, we continue to address the positioning of the trucks as the need arises and will inform residents accordingly:

1 x Water Truck @ Bergsig, Pick and Pay (4th Street)
1 x Water Truck Levallia (Bizzy Corner)
1 x Water Truck, Denneoord (Bergville Retirement Home, cnr of 8th Street and Wellington Street)
1 x Water Truck, Rosemore (Old Age Home/Clinic)
1 x Water Truck Zone 3 (Imizamo Yethu Secondary School)
1 x Water Truck Zone 9 (Community Hall)
1 x Water Truck Zone 6, Ramaphosa (Lingelehtu Street)
1 x Water Truck Zone 5, Pelindaba
2 x Water trucks on their way to Groenkloof and Kraaibosch Frailcare
1 x Water Truck at Azazani (Tabata St, provision for Silvertown and Zone 4)
1 x Water Truck Protea Park (Park Str )

Heriot Road between Stander and Spreeu Streets remains closed and the public is warned to not visit the area on foot and to stay well clear of the entire area as it may be unsafe. Traffic officials are on site and residents of the houses in the repair zone must proceed with extreme caution and only if alternative access is not possible.

 The municipality will update residents as repairs progress with a further update expected by 6pm tonight.