A serious pipe burst which opened up a sinkhole on the corners of Boshoff Avenue and Victoria Highway on Sunday PHOTO: provided
Pietermaritzburg residents, companies, faculties, authorities and municipal workplaces within the CBD are going through water outages following ongoing pipe bursts.
Msunduzi Municipality mentioned the Metropolis skilled a water pipe burst on the nook of Greyling and Chief Albert Luthuli streets on Friday.
Metropolis spokesperson Ntobeko Mkhize mentioned the burst pipe resulted in a water outage that affected elements of the CBD.
This included a lot of the municipality’s buildings and resulted within the disruption of operations for numerous companies, faculties, authorities and municipal workplaces.
She mentioned the water and sanitation unit undertook repairs on the burst pipe and water was restored on Friday afternoon.
Nonetheless, mentioned Mkhize, the burst recurred over the weekend and that led to a different burst on Peter Kerchoff Avenue which affected the decrease CBD and in addition impacted on visitors.
“Whereas enterprise the repairs, a rezoning needed to be made within the CBD and the water strain was elevated in an effort to make sure that companies can nonetheless function. Sadly that didn’t work in our favour as we then skilled a burst pipe on the nook of Victoria and Boshoff streets,” she mentioned.
She mentioned the municipality allotted most of its assets in the direction of the repairs of those burst pipes. Mkhize mentioned help was additionally sought from Umgeni Water in an effort to minimise additional disruption of companies when it comes to water provide.
“The municipality confirms that each one these burst water pipes have been resolved; we began recharging the CBD in a sluggish method as a way to keep away from recurrences.”
Mkhize added that they anticipate to have full water provide within the CBD on Monday.