oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Effects of the flood on the bulk water supply to Pietermaritzburg / Durban
The September 1987 floods in Natal, which caused extensive damage to property and loss of life in the densely populated areas, also caused extensive damage to the bulk water supply infrastructure supplying the Pietermaritzburg and Durban metropolitan areas. These floods were described by the Minister of National Health and Population Development as 'the worst natural disaster in South African history'.
This paper gives details of the damage to the bulk water supply infrastructure, the mobilizing of resources to attend to the repair of the damaged works, operational problems experienced at the waterworks during and after the crisis period, and lessons learnt from the flood with respect to the bulk water supply. Consequences of the reduction in the quantity of potable water available to consumers are also discussed.
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