Makana Municipality estimates that the town’s water supply will be fully restored on Sunday 28 February 2021. Water was restored to most areas for a day on Wednesday 24 February, after a six-day outage. Residents were advised it would be off again on Thursday and alternating until Sunday, with water deliveries continuing to throttled areas. In a statement on Thursday,
Makana said water supply would be restored again Friday 26 February; however, there will be areas that will not get water due to the fact that the plant is still operating at 50% capacity.
New pumps and motors arrived at the James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works (JKWTW) on Friday 26 February. Makana shared images and video clips of the pumps being offloaded and installed.
“It is estimated that full water supply will be restored on Sunday, 28 February 2021,” the municipality said. “Makana LM would like to thank all of you for your patience during this difficult period.”
Makana Municipality have indicated they will provide a response by Tuesday 2 March to questions sent by GMDirect about security and monitoring for Makana’s infrastructure. Below are the questions we’ve asked. We’ll update this article when we receive the responses.
- How many staff are employed at JKWTW and what are their roles?
- Whose job is it to monitor the pump room and what does the monitoring entail?
- Are the pumps at James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works are connected to the SCADA monitoring system?
- Please outline the maintenance schedule for the pumps at James Kleynhans.
- What needs to be done to ensure a fault in a pump doesn’t lead to the flooding of the pump station again?