Dams full, but residents still queuing for water

2010-01-06 00:00

IF the necessary infrastructure is in place, then why still queue with buckets in hand and wait for water tankers to arrive?

This is the question being posed by Enkanyezini residents who are tired of using the bucket system while water infrastructure assets are sitting unused.

David Lembede, a member of the Nxangiphilile Rural Agency, which is handling the issue on behalf of the residents, says they have been battling for the past three years to get the Mkhambathini Municipality to rectify the situation.

“They just keep telling us that they’ll contact the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, which is responsible for the provision of water services, but they don’t inform or update us on the developments,” he says.

Lembede says that although they are appreciative of the water tankers that have been dispatched to their region, many residents find them problematic because they arrive whenever it suits them and no proper schedule has been arranged.

“What happens then is that some people are forced to bath in the river in order to be able to go to work or school in the morning. Others miss work or school as they aren’t willing to bath in the river.”

Lembede says it hurts to see nearby dams full of water, which is not accessible. He says other residents are complaining that they are not getting water from the tankers at all as poor terrain makes it impossible for the tankers to get there.

“What’s the point of building a house with a bath that you can’t even use? The infrastructure is there, someone just needs to turn a switch and allow the water to get through. Our municipality clearly couldn’t be bothered.”

District municipal manager S’bu Khuzwayo says he has been briefed about the situation.

“We’re aware of the challenge and are working on it. At the moment we’re supplying [water] trucks, so we are responding.”

 

 

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