The Bulletin received numerous complaints regarding water pressure in the Ext 22 area.
The Bulletin decided to visit the reservoir to establish what the problem could be.
What greeted the Bulletin was something that was not expected.
The reservoir was totally dysfunctional.
One reservoir had a floating roof that was in a state of disrepair.
It had clearly not been used in a very long time.
The whole area was easy to access and even the building housing the pumps were open.
When the Bulletin entered the building it was flooded with fresh water, approximately 4m deep.
At the bottom, there were stripped cable housings visible.
All the switchgear had been stripped of every single piece of cable and equipment.
The Bulletin learned that the reservoir is empty and that water is relayed directly from Rand Water supply.
The reservoir has been like this for a very long time.
It was reported at least two months ago that the gear was stripped out.
The reason given for not fixing the pump station is that GMM has to fix the fence first before reinstalling the cables.
The level of maintenance is slipping by the minute in GMM.
GMM could not be reached at the time of going to print.