Msunduzi clueless as Polly Shortts residents spend fourth day without water

2014-04-02 00:00

FOUR days after a water cut in the Polly Shortts area of Cleland, the municipality is still unable to trace the fault that has left these Pietermaritzburg residents’ taps dry.

Concerned residents yesterday complained that their water had been cut off since Saturday.

“We have not been able to find out the cause of the problem. What is being done to sort this out?

“Water is essential as nothing gets done at home if we do not have running taps,” said a resident who did not want to be named.

Another resident called to find out if The Witness had been able to get information about why the council has been failing to fix the water problem in their area.

He said they cannot cook, do their washing or even take a bath because they have no water.

“If we did not have a gym where we take a shower, I wonder how we would be able to remain clean under the circumstances,” he said.

Ward 36 councillor, Vic Winterbach said he had been pushing the council to sort the issue out since Saturday. “It is ridiculous that the municipality has been unable to locate a fault so that they can start fixing the problem. This was reported four days ago,” he said.

Winterbach said it was not right that residents were kept in the dark about where the problem was because they needed information to enable them to make plans.

“We don’t know why it is so difficult to locate a fault,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Madeleine Plaatjies said, “Our technical team has been working around the clock trying to locate the problem. So far, no burst mains have been … located.”

She said they were now systematically looking through the system for a shut or malfunctioning valve but have not located the problem yet.

“As the problem has not been located yet, we are unable to provide you with a time-frame for the expected restoration of services,” said Plaatjies.

She said the municipality apologies to residents for the inconvenience caused but this was one of those situations over which “we have no control”.

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