The illegal water connections at the Mamelodi Reservoir 4 were removed today by the City of Tshwane Water and Sanitation Department led a multidisciplinary operation.
The multidisciplinary operation which consisted of Bulk Water Services and Region 6 Water and Sanitation Unit, follows complaints by residents of Mamelodi Extension 4 and 5, Mahube Valley and Ikageng, who had been experiencing prolonged water outages.
Subsequent to the complaints, the Region 6 Water and Sanitation Unit, which is responsible for the upkeep of the infrastructure and water supply, in conjunction with Bulk Water Services, carried out an inspection on the water network.
Media Relations Director at the City, Mr Lindela Mashigo, said it was through this check-up that a ground-bound pipeline that served as an illegal conduit of water to the nearby Bavianspoort informal settlement was discovered.
“The Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) maintained visibility throughout the operation to ensure the safety of the artisans while disconnecting the illegal water conduit and the illegal pipeline was cut up rendering it unusable.
“The City has also ensured the closure of window frames with steel slates to make it difficult to break into the reservoir chamber where the illegal connection into pressure reducing valves points was made.
“Now that the municipality has removed the illegal connection and adjusted the pressure, the reservoir is gradually picking up,” Mr Mashigo said.
Residents are urged to report any suspicious activities around the City’s infrastructure on the number 012 358 7095/96.