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Water crisis in Port Elizabeth, R.S.A.

Updated on April 8, 2017

Water dries up in Port Elizabeth

After heavy rains fell recently in the Eastern Cape there has been a problem with water shortages in Port Elizabeth due to what appears to be burst piping.

Only some areas in the city were affected; that is they had no water for some time.

Old infrastructure was probably the cause of the burst piping, maintenance work had apparently not been done on the piping for some time

Many people in the city suffered as a result of their being no water supply, but fortunately the piping was repaired, thanks to the people who carried out this work, and the water supply was restored to normal.

Floods, Then No Water!

I had the misfortune of experiencing flooding twice recently in the place we live; now there's NO WATER in many parts of Port Elizabeth.

After personally dealing with the recent floods in my place of residence, I was physically and mentally exhausted; my hands and feet were sore from baling out water, vacuuming it, emptying the vacuum about 100 times, and digging trenches; I felt as if I couldn't handle another crisis.

On the Friday immediately after hearing the news that there would be no water from Saturday onwards, I showered, in case the water dried up.

However there is still water here as I mentioned but hope it doesn't affect this area as well. The flooding was bad enough and we are hoping to move to a flood free area in the not too distant future.

Heard that the water pipes had burst but it seems that they were old and rusted. Not having water for more than a few days could have disastrous results, no flushing of toilets, no showering or bathing, no water for cooking or drinking and all the other problems that can arise under such circumstances.

I haven't heard the news on the radio yet, as regards the situation, but believe the water has been restored. The possibility of there being no water in Port Elizabeth was even aired on the SABC Tv news the other night. We are very vulnerable when it comes to weather conditions, considering there are such phenomena as Tsunami's, earthquakes, tornadoes, storms etc. but fortunately they don't happen all the time in most places.

If it's not the weather that's causing problems then it's bug invasions or deadly diseases like the H1N1 virus etc.

It won't help to go and live in space because that has problems of its own; it's just that some things like pipes that burst could possibly be avoided if they were maintained in a proper condition.

I'm once again having to hope; hoping it doesn't flood again here. Although the problem with the broken piping and drainage is going to be fixed soon, it better be before any heavy rains fall again.

Large Water Pipes


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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      Wow! That is very serious for your city to have to be with out drinking and bathing water. Were there some state emergency services handing out potable water to people? It sounds like your city and area experienced a situation like "Katrina" in the USA with the floods and no water. I am glad they finally were able to repair the rusty burst pipes. Good lens!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Wow, you've had your share of it. Best of luck ahead, David!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Way To Go David! Note recipricating likes please.