Aug 8, 2022

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‘Are we safe?’: Ga-Rankuwa Zone 1 residents anxious about crack in reservoir

Some residents of Zone 1 of Ga-Rankuwa in Tshwane say they live in fear that a large rift in a nearby reservoir could cause their homes to flood and groundwater to infiltrate their properties.

Residents said it was a “disaster to come” unless the bug is fixed.

The city Tshwane said Friday he was taking steps to make repairs and secure the facility.

When TimesLIVE visited the area on Tuesday, residents questioned why the reservoir was not receiving urgent attention . Water leaks from the crack, creating a small stream. The reservoir sits on a steep slope that allows free drainage to nearby residential areas.

MelodiForum Service Delivery Monitoring Group founder Ouda Masemola said he had im A complaint was filed about the reservoir on May 2018. The matter was reported to the City of Tshwane and the Ministry of Water and Sewerage.

Masemola said the crack has since worsened.

“It affects neighboring houses. Some houses crack. It’s been four years. It’s too long, they have to fix it.”

Prof. Anthony Turton of the University of the Free State’s Center for Environmental Management said the reservoir must be inspected by a suitably qualified engineer to determine its structural integrity.

“If OK, the repair can be easily accomplished using an epoxy impregnated inner membrane installed by a suitably qualified team.”

Turton said the images TimesLIVE shared with him showed that “the failure is horizontal and not recent, suggesting it occurred at a contact point between two previous pours of concrete”.

“The fracture appears to be stable given the presence of algae, telling us this is not new.

“The presence of white precipitate along the fracture plane to the left of the image indicates this Bei we are experiencing active corrosion, so the process is still active.

“Visible accumulation of water in close proximity confirms this is not a new fault. These puddles could affect the foundation’s structural integrity if left unattended,” Turton said.

Some residents took TimesLIVE on a tour of the affected homes, but asked to do so for fear of Not to be named harassment . In more than 50 homes, they said, water gushed from underground and seeped through floors and walls. They suspect that water is escaping from the reservoir and seeping underground.

At one house, the garden wall hung by a thread and was in balance through a neighbor’s backyard shack. The hut stands in water where algae and aquatic plants grow. Most residents have taken to putting stones in their yards that they can walk on to get to their homes.

A 69-year-old man said the problem started in 2018.

“There is water everywhere in my house. It’s never dry in my garden. The whole yard is wet. We don’t know what will happen if they don’t solve this problem,” he said.

“The problem is on the reservoir. Water comes out from there and flows here. It’s worse when it’s rained. We are afraid that one day we will wake up under water.”

A 62-year-old resident said that water from the reservoir was flowing into her garden.< /span>

“This is a problem . When it flows from up there, it comes into the courtyard and flows down. I’ve tried placing big rocks to block it but it doesn’t help,” she said.

Another resident said:“There’s water in the house and it’s wet everywhere.”

“Are we going to die?” asked a nearby resident.

“If this reservoir bursts, our houses will be the first to shy away. We don’t know what’s going to happen to us.”

A 66-year-old resident said the structural integrity of his home was endangered.

“Our houses are collapsing and there is nothing we can do. We don’t know if we’re safe because if [the reservoir] bursts, the whole of Zone 1 will be in trouble. We’re asking for your help,” he said.

Tshwane MMC for Utilities and Regional Operations Daryl Johnston said the city is aware “t< /span >The reservoir is ruptured and needs repair to stop major water loss”. us to put together the best plan to repair the reservoir with the least impact on services to residents,” he said.

“The crack is high up in the reservoir and we suspect it was caused by vandalism.

“The city has deployed automated flow control equipment to manage the reservoir and keep the water level below the crack to prevent leaks. However, this equipment was stolen, leading to leaks.

“The reservoir is now managed manually, which is difficult given the current dynamic while trying to improve services to residents to maintain. ”

Johnston said the reservoir supplies Ga Rankuwa Units 1, 4, 5, 16, 20 and Zone 1 and Krelingspost 425-JQ. < /p>

“An investigation is underway to determine the necessary remedial actions to mitigate the water leaks [and] the Tshwane Metro Police Department has been tasked with implementing a security strategy to protect the city’s infrastructure.” /p>


“Making repairs to a healthy piece of infrastructure while keeping it operational is a major challenge, but our teams are working to ensure that the reservoir will be repaired as soon as possible.”

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