‘How can you live without water?’ ask Claridge residents

2014-10-16 00:00

FRUSTRATION levels are bubbling over at Claridge, which has been without water since Monday morning.

Residents said they had engaged both local and district municipalities to have the problem solved, but their concerns fell on “deaf ears”. Sounding distraught, resident Pramesh Harry said the situation had affected his family as they prepare for his nephew’s wedding this weekend.

“We woke up to empty taps on Monday. We experienced the same problem two weeks ago and have been going to the Umgeni River to fetch water,” said Harry.

“How can you live without water? We can’t cook, we can’t flush toilets or do anything. It seems like we will have a dry wedding. This is frustrating.”

He said tankers were not delivering water to the area.

Ayesha Hoosen said the water had been restored after 2 pm, but at a vastly reduced pressure, which prevented the use of their washing machine. She said her children had been showering at her sister’s home in Mountain Rise. “This happens regularly and it is so difficult to live without water.”

uMngundlovu Municipality spokesperson Mbali Ndlovu said their technical services team had received information from the plumbing unit late on Tuesday that they could not fix the problem.

“The cause of the water interruption was cable theft, which has affected the electricity supply, thus water cannot be pumped,” said Ndlovu.

She said they had consulted Msunduzi Municipality to help replace the cable since it falls under their ambit. “A water tanker was deployed this morning [yesterday]. It will be dispatched twice every day until the situation has been resolved. At the moment our technicians are continuously monitoring the situation. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

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