Burst pipe leaves embassies and hotels in central Pretoria dry

Burst pipe leaves embassies and hotels in central Pretoria dry

The City of Tshwane says parts of the capital are experiencing water shortage due to a burst on the Salvokop pipeline.

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Tshwane spokesperson, Lindela Mashigo, says in a a statement that the city has already lost thousands of kilolitres of usable and drinkable water to the burst.


Mashigo says the City was made aware of the pipeline burst by officials from Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) that a water pipe burst was spurting volumes of water.


"Upon arrival, the City's officials established that the burst is at the same area as the 1000 diameter pipe that was experienced in August last year." says Mashigo.


In an attempt to repair the pipe, Mashigo says The City decided to shut down the reservoir in Salvokop at 10 pm on Thursday.


"To this end, the Metropolitan Municipality is assembling proficient resources to work on the 1000mm pipe to ensure that Tshwane's customers receive water as soon as possible.


"About 100 water tankers have been arranged and will be deployed at strategic points in consultation with Ward Councillors to supply water to the consumers," says the city spokesperson.


Water supply interruption is affecting the following target groups:


o          Sunnyside, Salvokop, Arcadia, Clydesdale as well as south of Pretoria CBD

o          Health facilities (Hospitals)

o          Old age homes

o          National and Provincial government departments

o          Tertiary institutions and schools

o          Embassies

o          Hotels.


Tshwane estimates that it can take between 4 and 7 days to complete the repairs.

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