Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis

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EThekwini: Most areas will not have water for the next 7 days

Several areas under the eThekwini Municipality will be without water for at least 7 days due to a pump disruption in Shallcross.

Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis

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The eThekwini Municipality has warned of water interruptions in parts of Shallcross, Klaarwater and Pinetown due to a major leak on a 750mm rising main from Northdene 3 pumps to Shallcross reservoir.

The Municipality said as a result of this leak, the Shallcross reservoir is battling to fill up, causing a strain on downstream reservoirs.


The municipality said the major leak is affecting the supply of water to other outer lying areas as there is a drop in trunk main pressure to adjacent systems.

“For this reason, some areas downstream of Shallcross reservoirs are already experiencing major outages.

“Repairs are underway on this major leak. Water tankers will be dispatched to all affected areas. Due to complexity and site conditions, it is projected that these repairs will take up to a week to effect hence water supply will likely be fully restored on 30 July.”

EThekwini Municipality

The following areas will be affected with water outages:

  • Parts of Shallcross
  • Klaarwater
  • St Wendolins
  • Washington Heights
  • Parts of Nagina
  • Intake
  • Mawelewele
  • Welbedacht West
  • Luganda
  • Parts of Marianhill and
  • Parts of Queensburgh

The areas below are impacted by either intermittent supply or poor pressure:

  • Umlazi- F,G,H,P,N,W and CC sections
  • Folweni
  • Nsimbini
  • Golokodo
  • Verulam
  • Ntuzuma and
  • Inanda

During the week, the Municipality also informed of interruption to the water supply in southern and western areas of Durban due to two major burst pipes on separate trunk mains supplying the Chatsworth 2 reservoir. “As a result of the burst pipes, the reservoir emptied last night, affecting the supply of water to all areas supplied by this reservoir,” eThekwini Municipality said in a statement.

In June, the Municipality introduced an infrastructure levy effective from 1 July. It said the infrastructure levy will be charged at an additional R1. 50/Kl for water and R1. 50/Kl for sewerage disposal. The aim is to upgrade its water and sanitation infrastructure.

READ: eThekwini Municipality: Water cuts now hit parts of the city