Umgeni Water warns eThekwini residents against drinking water from broken water pipes

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Umgeni Water has sent a strong warning to eThekwini residents to avoid drinking water that is coming out of broken water pipes following the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal.

The bulk water supplier has advised residents to boil water before consuming it as it may be contaminated.

Last week’s floods caused extensive damage to water infrastructure in the province resulting in supply disruptions in many areas.

On Monday, Umgeni Water said its supply to the eThekwini Metro will reach close to normal levels within days.

The Chairperson of the Board, Gabsie Mathenjwa, says after repairs over the past week they will be able to restore water supply to eThekwini to about 90%.

Water supply fell to about 50% due to flood damage.

Gift of the Givers collects water for flood victims: