GRAHAMSTOWN'S water woes continued yesterday, despite assurances earlier this week that the national government had prioritised plans to sort out the 14-day outage.
A campus-wide communication from Rhodes University executive director of infrastructure, operations and finance Dr Iain L'Ange, warned the Waainek Water Treatment Works – which has been plagued by equipment problems for two weeks – was "out of action" again yesterday due to an electrical problem.
"I am appealing to all staff and students to use water very sparingly until further notice. The reservoirs are at 80% of capacity, but as the level drops, water pressure will decrease and supply to parts of campus and town will dry up."
L'Ange suggested toilets be flushed sparingly and using as little water as possible to wash.
The ongoing water problem comes a day after hundreds of Makana municipal workers and unemployed residents protested lengthy water shortages, low- cost housing scams and alleged municipal jobs for political pals.
At the protest, where a list of demands was handed to ANC mayor Zamuxolo Peter, it emerged MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs Mlibo Qoboshiyane would visit Grahamstown today to investigate the water problem.