It is with regret that we need to inform consumers in Uitenhage that one of the main water supply pipelines supplying the town burst this morning.
The pipeline has been isolated but repair teams are finding it difficult to access the site due to its location, steep inclines and inclement weather.
If all goes well, the pipe should be repaired tomorrow afternoon and the supply restored later tomorrow evening.
The recent warm weather resulted in an abnormally high water demand and reservoirs were unable to recover before the pipe burst occurred. As a result, certain higher lying suburbs are already without water and more areas will be affected by this evening. The only areas which should not be affected are the Central Business District, Industrial Areas and most of the Western Suburbs.
All available water tankers are being mobilised and will be deployed at strategic locations.
Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Acting Communications Director Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / firstname.lastname@example.org / @kupidobaron).