Sinkhole in George engulfs car, municipality dealing with potential water crisis

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On Saturday morning police responded to a traffic incident in George involving a motor vehicle that was submerged underwater due to a sinkhole.

The George municipality has been mitigating the water crisis caused by burst pipes.

“It is alleged that the driver of a Toyota Fortuner was travelling along [Herriot] Street with his son when the road gave way underneath them. Both of them managed to escape unharmed moments before the car disappeared under water into the sinkhole,” Captain Malcolm Pojie reports.

Pojie says no criminal investigation will be conducted as a crime was not committed.

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In a statement about their action in managing the potential water crisis released on Sunday, the George Municipality explained that work is underway at the Genevafontein site. The municipality says that the major raw water pipe that burst supplies George’s main water treatment works and could therefore not be pumped into the holding dams. It was further discovered that the drinking water that ran parallel to the burst pipe has also been damaged.

“Civil engineering teams worked through the night excavating the sink hole site to safeguard it for workers, after which repairs commenced. Priority was given to the drinking water line which should be completed late afternoon and water supply reinstated thereafter,” the municipality says.

Repairs to the raw water line will be done concurrently with the drinking water line repairs where possible. The raw water line repairs are estimated to be complete on Sunday evening after the drinking water line has been repaired.

Residents are urged to use water sparingly as the old raw water pipes are smaller and cannot handle full capacity and there are no reservoirs on the eastern side of George. Water trucks have been provided to areas where there is no water while other areas will experience low pressure. The municipality has asked that water only be used for essential purposes.