UPDATE on Betty’s Bay water and power outage

Betty's Bay

The Overstrand Municipality has placed water tankers at Penguin Place and the Best Place in Town Pub & Grill in Clarence Drive in Betty’s Bay to assist residents who are without water.

“In addition, water tanks are regularly moving through the streets of Betty’s Bay and surrounding affected areas to further assist those without water,” said Overstrand Municipality spokesperson, Riana Steenekamp.

“A contractor is also in process to replace water meters.

“To speed up the process, residents could advise the status of their water meter (burnt out or fine) to Overstrand Municipality (Kleinmond 0282718400/0282718404 or Hermanus 0283138000/0283138111).”

She said; “Also, to help the municipal teams find your water meter in the burnt bushes a stick with a little flag will make a difference.”

Alternatively, you can send your NAME & SURNAME, STAND/ERF NUMBER to mthoresen@overstrand.gov.za or enquiries@overstrand.gov.za

Betty’s Bay power outage

“There is still no estimate for when power will be restored in the affected Betty’s Bay and Pringle Bay areas,” Steenekamp said.

“Thus far, Eskom replaced a large section of cabling, but a few areas still need to be attended to.”

She said that pumps are running but this is largely being hand controlled.

“Sunny Seas’ reservoir is mostly filled and the water supply is slowly filtering down to the community. The Municipality’s challenge is to locate all small downstream leaks,” Steenekamp added.

“Until such time that full power has been restored, a temporary 125kVa genset is powering the 30kW main pump. Much of the telemetry is damaged, requiring visual indication of reservoir levels pump controls etc.

“Eskom restored power along the mountain but burnt out distribution boxes at many homes down stream are destroyed and shorting, so the immediate surrounding area is therefore still influenced.”

Affected customers can report electricity problems to Eskom – 0860 037 566.

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