Grahamstown still facing water crisis amid National Festival

Nontando Mafanya
28 June 2016

Grahamstown is facing another scary water crisis days before thousands of visitors pour into the city for the National Arts Festival.

One of the city’s major pumping stations flooded on Sunday, damaging pumps and leaving huge paths of the city without water.

Grahamstown East, some parts of the CBD and Rhodes University and many high-lying areas were left without water.

Water pressure in other parts of the city remained dismally low late yesterday afternoon.

Makana municipality, with support from Amatola Water, the cooperative governance and traditional affairs department and Sarah Baartman district municipality yesterday moved swiftly to try and resolve the water disaster.

Matters were made worse by veld fires burning wildly south of Grahamstown near the N2.


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