Planned water shutdown due to Chelmsford Dam pipeline repair work

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Ntshingwayo (Chelmsford) Dam is set to undergo further repairs following a leak discovered at the Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal water source. 

It must be noted, that this is not the first time this year that maintenance work has been at Ntshingwayo Dam.

This follows the Department of Water and Sanitation’s spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau confirming in January 2022 that one of the dam’s sluice gates had broken. At the time, Ratau explained the department was in the process of having the issue repaired.

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In April 2022the Newcastillian – Online News reported that the repair work was still ongoing.

Ratau explained that the Department of Water and Sanitation was finalising the appointment of a professional service provider to manufacture, deliver, install and commission one radial gate at Ntshingwayo Dam.

However, despite this, Ratau pointed out that an emergency gate/stoplog has been installed as a temporary solution. 

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Moreover, according to the Newcastle Municipality’s Communications Unit, uThukela Water has scheduled an estimated six-hour water shutdown to repair the leak on the Ntshingwayo 600mm raw water pipeline.

The shutdown is scheduled for 15 June 2022, from 7 am until 1 pm. According to the Municipality, this will affect parts of Newcastle East (Madadeni, Blauubosch and Osizweni).

However, the Communications Unit emphasised that raw water will still be supplied to the Ngagane WPP via the second Ntshingwayo pipeline, the Ngagane River pump station and the Buffalo River supply.

“Areas receiving water supply are urged to continue using water sparingly,” the Communications Unit added.

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