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City provides interim solutions to Osindisweni water challenges

Date: 2023-05-16 11:29:36

City provides interim solutions to Osindisweni water challenges

To augment water supply in Osindisweni, the City is increasing the number of water tankers being dispatched. This is an interim measure while upgrades to increase capacity at the Ogunjini Waterworks is underway.

TO ADDRESS the water challenges in Osindisweni, a pump at Ogunjini 1 Pumpstation will be recommissioned. The intention is for the pump to be able to pump water to all four reservoirs in the area. This was one of the solutions presented to the community of Osindisweni, ward 59, when eThekwini Speaker Councillor Thabani Nyawose addressed a community meeting, providing an update on the City’s interventions to end the water shortage in area.

Councillor Nyawose was joined by officials from the eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) Unit. The water shortage is due to the Ogunjini Water Works’ inability to sufficiently meet the demand from the area. Upgrades to increase the water works’ capacity to 2 Ml/d are underway and completion is expected in October. In the interim, the City is attending to the mechanical and electrical challenges affecting the water works to produce water to its current full capacity of 0.9 kilolitres a day. 

To augment water supply, the City will increase the number of water tankers in the area. A team of plumbers has also been dispatched to attend to leaks in the area. Councillor Nyawose and EWS Head Ednick Msweli apologised to residents about the plight they are facing and assured the community that the City is working with speed to resolve the challenges. Ahead of the community meeting, officials conducted a site visit alongside some community members to the Ogunjini Water Works and the pumpstation. During the site inspections, they explained to community members how the water infrastructure operates and the cause of the current challenges plaguing the

The City will continue to monitor the performance of the contractor undertaking upgrades of the water works to ensure that the deadline for completion is met. The City apologises for the inconvenience and appeals for patience while efforts to resolve the current challenges are being made.