ADM Headquarters, Wednesday 01 July 2015
Amathole District Municipality (ADM) is currently experiencing water outages in Dutywa CBD and Mncwasa area owing to insufficient rain falls that have resulted to drought in our Dams. In an effort to address these challenges, ADM has put in place remedial actions as outlined below;
1) Water tankers have already been dispatched to cart water from Butterworth to supplement the dwindling supply. At present the water carting has been restricted to Doti and Goven Mbeki.
2) Plastic tanks have been placed in strategic locations and water from the tankers is being dispatched into these tanks.
3) An old borehole has been equipped and pipeline has been laid to some of the plastic tanks.
4) Three new boreholes have been drilled and are currently being equipped. Pipelines have be installed in order to connect these boreholes to the existing supply lines. One is complete and is already supplementing supply and the electricity connection is outstanding on the second one. The third borehole has yet to be equipped. If water usage is managed very carefully, these boreholes have sufficient capacity to satisfy the basic needs of the Dutywa Community.
5) The emergency line from Ehlobo has been opened and is supplementing supply. This arrangement, however, affects supply to some of the Ehlobo villages and has to be managed very carefully.
6) Water Conservation and Demand Management efforts have also be increased in order to identify and curb any losses.
7) Work have been started to desilt the dams while they are dry.
Public awareness campaigns and meetings are currently being held in order to inform the community of the crisis and discuss measures for reducing and curbing water consumption.
ADM deeply regrets any inconvenience this may have caused but assures consumers of its commitment to excellent and sustainable services to all its communities.
Issued by the Amathole District Municipality’s Communications and Customer Care Unit.