UMNGENI Water has planned a 19-hour shutdown Thursday on its raw water transportation line to repair a faulty scour valve. This will result in a 50% reduction in the treatment capacity of the Durban Heights water plant that supplies most areas of Durban.
This closure will allow only 280 megaliters of water per day to be treated for distribution to eThekwini’s water and sanitation customers, compared to an average of 550 megaliters.
This is to allow minor work to be done and residents are urged to plan to be without water for only a short period until the system can be recharged to its full supply.
Risk assessments have been carried out and if this repair is not made, we run the risk of an emergency where you most fail …