Just one week after urgent repairs to a scour valve turned the taps off in Durban, residents in certain regions of the city will once again be left high and dry: On Thursday, an 18-hour shutdown of the water system is set to take place.

Durban water shutdown for Thursday 4 March

This double-whammy for locals in the eThekwini Municipality hasn’t gone down well – and if last week’s shutdown was ‘essential’, the one planned for tomorrow could be seen as ‘avoidable’: The construction of a new mall in Newlands East means that a ‘strategic tie in’ will have to take place, knocking the water system offline for almost a whole day

The water supply will be turned off at 6:00 on Thursday 4 March, and will only end at 00:01 on Friday 5 March.

Why the shutdown?

Durban officials have confirmed that ‘pipe relocations’ will wreak havoc in some locations during Thursday, offering the city’s ‘humble apologies’ to scores of residents. Balancing the system remains a key priority during the shutdown:

“We have arranged for a planned shutdown to carry out strategic tie-ins and pipe relocations into part of the existing bulk water supply for the new Midway Mall in Newlands East. We will try our utmost to balance the system during this shutdown. However, certain suburbs will be affected by having no water supply during this time.”

Which parts of Durban will have no water on Thursday?

Newlands 1 Reservoir HL Zone

  • – Castlehill – Newlands East
  • – Hillgrove – Newlands East

KwaMashu 1 Reservoir HL Zone

  • – Section K
  • – Section J
  • – Section B5

Kwa Mashu 3 Reservoir Zone

  • – Section N and Section L
  • – Section Machinza area
  • – Abaphaphi Close
  • – Bhoko Road
  • – Gobhogobho Grove
  • – Ibohlololo Drive
  • – Icubudwana Grove
  • – Imfingo Grove
  • – Impikayibone Grove
  • – Ingcebo Drive
  • – Inyazangoma Grove
  • – Isiqunga Grove
  • – Mbondwe Road
  • – Mkhonto Road
  • – Richmond Main Road
  • – Sibisi Road
  • – Ubangalala Avenue
  • – Umathinta Drive
  • – Umfusamvu Close
  • – Umkhoba Grove
  • – Umlahlankhosi Circle
  • – Uqonsi Place
  • – Utshanibezwe Grove

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Presh JM Reporter

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