Churchill pipeline to be fixed this week

The Churchill pipelines will be shut down from Tuesday “to undertake repair work necessitated by a leakage problem”.

Municipal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki said the repair work would be done where the pipelines crossed the Maitlands River.

Last week, The Herald reported about the leak which Colleen Glen resident Jacky Tolsma said she had first noticed in June.

Mniki said on Monday (22/08/16) they hoped to complete the repairs by Thursday.

“A joint seal on the larger pipe failed, causing a visible leak on the western side of the pipe bridge. Although work will be carried out on only one of the two pipelines, the remaining one will not have the capacity to the supply the full water demand of the normal supply area,” he said.

“While the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is currently filling up all its reservoirs in preparation for the proposed shutdown, to prevent an interruption in water supply, it is imperative that all residents use water sparingly in the week ahead while repairs are being effected.”

The municipality plains to isolated the pipe on Tuesday and drain it via sour valves and execute all repairs and commission the pipe by Wednesday.

“The supply should be back to normal [on Thursday]; however, the reservoirs could take up to a week to fill up and stabilise,” Mniki said.

“Once again, the municipality appeals to our residents for their cooperation in using water sparingly in the days ahead, as the reservoirs could run low and cause interruptions and low pressure problems.”

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