Monday morning Ugu water update

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STATEMENT BY UGU MUNICIPALITY MONDAY MORNING 4/11:

Bhobhoyi system status:

St Helens Rock pump station operational.

Bhobhoyi plant on full production and feeding command reservoirs.

Umzimkhulu reservoir is dropping to critical level; the break is suspected on the supply line to Umzimkhulu. Tower pumps are currently off and 525 main feeding Albersville, Ntweni (North Shepstone), Melville, Southport and Hibberdene is currently with low pressure to zero pressure. Work has been dispatched for the team to check hot spots for a possible break.

Marburg is currently feeding Marburg Industrial, Oslo, Esperanza, Bhobhoyi and Masinenge.

12A reservoir and tower are above 80% and opened to reticulation; Port Shepstone CBD.

Shelly Beach reservoirs above 50% and opened to reticulation.

Uvongo reservoir supply opened.

2A and 9A reservoir has water reserve above 50% and opened to reticulation to Manaba and Margate CBD.

Gamalakhe: Sport and Leisure running feeding Gamalakhe reservoir and tower pumps running. Feed to reticulation opened.

Seaslopes level 25% climbing; outlets opened to Ramsgate North and 4A; plumber to check line to Ramsgate as Seaslopes is not picking up which cause low supply 4A, Ramsgate North above 29% and night switch will open supply plumber will check for airlocks on the affected areas. Kaisers currently above 70% and feeding Nosita reservoir, Margate Ext 7 and part of Masinenge.

Msikaba and Bethania supply line from Gamalakhe has been opened from Gamalakhe reservoir.

Nsimbini and Bomela pump station are running feeding Nyandezulu.

Murchison pump station running and feeding Murchison community reservoir; Hospital reservoirs.

 

STATEMENT BY UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY SUNDAY MORNING 3/11:

Bhobhoyi conductivity levels still ranging around acceptable levels.

Gamalakhe currently empty, the storage should start building up hence Sports n Leisure has been started.

Umsikaba, Betania supply should start receiving when Gamalakhe res is 80% and above.

Southern 2x Boosters have been started, prioritizing Seaslopes reservoir to build up (currently at 12%),

Nositha is low, but should escalate once Seaslopes and Kaizers pick up.

Uvongo, Shelly, 9A, Albersville, remain stable.

Murchison Hospital +30%, pumps dispatched to be started.

Marburg 35% Oslo Beach now has supply.

Anerley and UMzimkhulu stable.

North Shepstone building up, currently at 15%

Melville supply still affected, team dispatched to bleed the main lines as now UMzimkhulu is above 50%

Thank you
Ugu District Municipality

 

MEDIA STATEMENT BY UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY ON WATER SITUATION SATURDAY 2/11:

 

Bhobhoyi System status:

St Helen rocks operational; team constantly monitoring salt levels; conductivity spikes for 3 hours early this morning experienced and pumps were stopped briefly and by 4 am was back online. Bhobhoyi plant is now building up.

Gamalakhe reservoir is currently low due pumping interruption when raw water station was off and tower outlets has been opened feeding reticulation.

Uvongo reservoir opened to reticulation and reservoir levels above 50%;

12A/Albersville reservoirs above 60% opened to fed Port Shepstone CBD; pumping to tower started in the morning.

Margate 2A and 9A picking up; Margate CBD should be restoring as 9A is above 50% and pressure will be restored during the day as 2A builds up.

Seaslopes above 60% outlet to Ramsgate opened around yesterday afternoon to feed 4A and North over night; water is getting into reservoirs; high lying areas will still be affected as reservoirs are still low. Kaisers pump off due to power outage; Eskom completed repair last night and pumping started to Kaisers and Nosita reservoir; currently above 80% and opened to reticulation I.e Nosita, Margate ext 3 and 7.

Marburg and Shelly beach outlets opened; team will focus on the no water areas in Shelly Beach.

Murchison: supply station feeding community reservoirs and hospital levels are healthy.

Ramsgate supply will mostly be restored late tonight.

Msikaba, Bethania supply will be restored when Gamalakhe reservoir is above 80%. Areas fed on the pumping from Nsimbini started to receive water.

Nsimbini feeding command reservoir to Nyandezulu.

Umzimkhulu reservoir at low after supply interruption and picking up now and feeding the Northern reservoirs; North Shepstone and Anerly climbing and team will start bleeding lines to Melville to build up the reservoir. Catalina physical check to be done now and hibberdene supply restoration verification. Umzimkhulu tower is also climbing and opened to supply protea park.

St Hellens rock conductivity report-219 ms/m and above the berm 319 ms/m and below the berm 13,28 ms/m. Pump station high lift has been shut.

Thank you
Ugu District Municipality

 

 

STATEMENT BY UGU DISTRICT FRIDAY AFTERNOON 1.11:

Bhobhoyi System status

St Helen rocks operational, team constantly monitoring salt levels. As tides are dropping salt are dropping as well.

Gamalakhe reservoir and tower outlets have been opened feeding reticulation.

Uvongo reservoir opened to reticulation and reservoir levels are above 60%.

12A/Albersville reservoirs opened to feed Port Shepstone CBD. Pumping to tower started this morning.

Both Margate 2A and 9A are picking up. Margate CBD should be restoring as 9A is above 50% and Manaba pressure will be restored during the day as 2A builds up. No water complains to be attended by bleeding the lines.

Seaslopes outlet to Ramsgate opened around 3pm to feed 4A and North over night. Kaisers pump off due to power outage. Eskom still faulty finding with no lead time as yet.

Kaisers and Nosita reservoir currently empty. Pumping will resume as soon as power is restored.

Marburg and Shelly Beach outlets are opened. Our team will focus on the no water areas in Shelly Beach.

Murchison: supply station feeding community reservoirs and hospital levels are healthy.

Ramsgate supply will mostly be restored late tonight leading to tomorrow.

Msikaba, Bethania supply will be restored when Gamalakhe reservoir is above 80%. Areas fed on the pumping from Nsimbini started to receive water.

Nsimbini feeding command reservoir to Nyandezulu.

Umzimkhulu reservoir at 60% and feeding the Northern reservoirs. North Shepstone and Anerly climbing and team will start bleeding lines to Melville (reservoir outlet closed) to build up the reservoir up to Hibberdene tonight.

Umzimkhulu tower is also climbing and opened to supply Protea Park.

Councillors are hereby reminded that once the supply is stable in their respective areas, please report to us so that we can fetch jojos that are no longer needed to prevent theft that have been reported in various areas.

Please note that this is the last update for the day..

Thank you
Ugu District Municipality

 

 

STATEMENT BY UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY FRIDAY MORNING 1.11:

Bhobhoyi System status update:

St Helen’s Rock operational; team is constantly monitoring salt levels with current medium tides.

Gamalakhe reservoir and tower outlets have been opened. Levels are still low and closely monitored as currently no pumping at sport and leisure due power outage and it has been reported to Eskom.

Uvongo reservoir opened to reticulation and reservoir levels above 50%.
12A/Albersville reservoirs opened to feed Port Shepstone CBD; Hospital water restoration confirmed.

Margate 2A and 9A picking up; Margate CBD should be restoring as 9A is above 50% and Manaba pressure will be restored during the day as 2A builds up.

Seaslopes outlet will remain closed; level climbing 50% and at 60% to be opened to feed Ramsgate. Kaisers pump will be also be started to build Kaisers and pump to Nosita this afternoon.

Marburg and Shelly Beach outlets opened; team will focus on bleeding lines on areas without water.

Murchison: supply station currently feeding hospital and will be changed to community when 85% achieved. Water relief is still in place.

Ramsgate and Margate CBD supply will mostly be restored late tonight.

Msikaba, Bethania supply will be restored when Gamalakhe reservoir is above 80%. Areas fed on the pumping from Nsimbini started to receive water.

Nsimbini feeding command reservoir to Nyandezulu.

Umzimkhulu reservoir at 60% and feeding the Northern reservoirs; North Shepstone and Anerly climbing and team will start bleeding lines to Melville to build up the reservoir up to hibberdene tonight. Umzimkhulu tower is also climbing and opened to supply protea park.

Thank you
Ugu District Municipality

 

 

 

 

 

UGU STATEMENT THURSDAY 31/10 at 15:19:

Some areas within the durisdiction of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality who were heavily affected by shortage of water supply have reported water coming back in their areas.

These areas include part of Umtentweni and Manaba.

Gamalakhe, Seaslopes, Uvongo, 12A and Margate 2A are slowly picking up. Our team have started the Gamalakhe tower and the reservoir will be opened for supply this afternoon.

Level at Seaslopes outlet are climbing up but it will remain closed.

Marburg and Shelly Beach outlets will soon be opened as reservoirs are above 50%, restoration will start this afternoon.

Murchison supply station is currently feeding hospital. Once we reach an 85% mark, we will open supply to the community.

Ramsgate and Margate CBD supply will mostly be restored late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Communities residing in Msikaba and Betania will get supply once Gamalakhe reservoir reaches 80%, probably by tomorrow.

Nsimbini is feeding command reservoir in Bomela and Nyandezulu, supply will be opened by tomorrow.

Umzimkhulu reservoir is at 50% and feeding Northern reservoirs. North Port Shepstone climbing. Team will start bleeding the lines to Melville and Anerley to build up those reservoirs tonight.

Ugu will continue with their relief measures by sending out water tankers to all areas that are yet to receive water. These include, among others: Murchison, Ramsgate, Matgate CBD, Boboyi, Margate Ext 3 and 7, Embhoshongweni.

We would also like to urge all our consumers to please still use sparingly until full restoration of water supply.

By
Ugu District Municipality

UGU STATEMENT THURSDAY MORNING 31/10:

Conductivity at Bhobhoyi plant is 122 ms/m with St Helen Rock 141 ms/m. These readings are both still compliant and we expect levels to drop as tides start to recede.

Pumping to all command reservoirs was done between 23:00 and 02:00am.

Gamalakhe, Umzimkhulu and Uvongo are building up well and as projected.

Reticulation will be opened during the day. Seaslopes, Marburg, Margate 2A and Murchison are still low and teams will focus on inflow balancing to pick up the reservoirs.

Oslo beach, Ramsgate and Margate CBD supply will mostly be restored late tonight or early tomorrow.

Good news is that some areas fed on the bulk mains started receiving water last night which include Uvongo, Albersville, Part of Umtentweni fed off the 525 main.

Will provide further updates in due course..

Thank you
Ugu District Municipality

MEDIA STATEMENT ON UGU WATER SUPPLY WEDNESDAY EVENING:

The installation of a berm at St Helen’s Rock pump station has yielded positive results after conductivity level dropped to 129ms/s this afternoon. This allowed for the pumping to Bhobhoyi Water Works at around 3pm.

Our priority from now on is to build up the Boboyi plant reservoir, which takes between 9 to 10 hours to get to 75% mark.

Once we achieve this, we will then feed the following command reservoirs:
Umzimkhulu,
Seaslopes,
Margate 2A,
Marburg,
Albersville 12A,
Murchison.

All the above reservoirs will remain shut until tomorrow midday to build enough reserves to charge the reticulation which is currently dry

REPORT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON:

STATEMENT BY UGU (at 15:14):

Please be advised that the salinity level at St Helen’s pump station has dropped to 129ms/s..

We have since started pumping to Bhobhoyi Water Works and we expect production in the next 1 to 2 hours..

Further update will follow..

 

UGU STATEMENT:

St Helens Rocks remains offline as salinity is still not compliant; trends are showing a steady drops.

Low tide between 08:00 – 12:00 is expected to aid scouring of the saline water upstream of the berm. Conductivity/Salinity will determine clear projections during midday; currently anticipate to pump late tonight.

Water relief measures remains in full swig with hospitals remaining a priority.

 

REPORT WEDNESDAY MORNING AFTER MEDIA BRIEFING:

By Johan Pretorius

The Ugu District Municipality is confident that the pumps at the extraction point 8 kilometres upstream in the Umzimkhulu River can be switched on at 4 0’clock this afternoon.

The extraction of water from the river to feed the Ugu water supply system was ceased when the salinity level of the river water skyrocketed due to seawater being pushed upriver by the ocean tides.

Addressing a media briefing on Wednesday morning, Municipal Manager DD Naidoo said the salinity level was 1 150 yesterday, whereas the acceptable level is 170.  The berm what was constructed four years ago to stop seawater from reaching the extraction point, had not fulfilled its function this time, a problem which was started by the recent exceptionally high spring tide.

Mr. Naidoo said seawater had entered the river up to way beyond the berm, and the municipality staff had been working tirelessly to correct the situation. As a temporary measure gates had been erected on the sea side of the berm, which block incoming seawater, and open when the tide subsides and river water flows toward the sea.

The salinity reading on Wednesday morning was 900, and continually diminishing, which indicated that the gates were doing their job. As soon as the required level had been reached, the reactivation of the supply system would begin, provided nothing unforeseen happens. It would take some time for all the reservoirs to fill up, with those areas closest to Bhobhoyi getting water first, and those at the extremes of the system, Ramsgate and Hibberdene, later as the reactivation runs its course.

Mr. Naidoo stressed because of climate change, the effects of high tides had become more severe, and residents should accept that this is here to stay. Another important factor was the drought in some parts of the province, which caused river levels to be way below normal. For instance, the feeding river of the Umzimkhulu was not flowing, which reduced the amount of water flowing to the sea, and the ability to push back the incoming sea water.

Because of this reality, the municipality had embarked upon a plan of action for a more permanent solution to the salinity problem. Special arrangements would be made to handle the effects of the coming spring tide at the end of November, and he gave the assurance that everything possible would be done to prevent the salinity levels at the extraction point going above the acceptable level. Mr. Naidoo expressed his sincere apologies to the people of Ugu, and pleaded for understanding of this natural phenomenon, the effects of which had suddenly escalated.

Mayor Sizwe Ngcobo also apologised to residents and the business community who were bearing the brunt of the water outages. “This is a natural phenomenon that we are handling as best we can, and we would love to see everybody, especially organised business helping and working together with us to restore the water supply. I also appeal to councillors of all political parties not to use this unfortunate state of affairs for political purposes, and in the process confuse the community.”

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