Municipality prepared for potential water problems

2014-12-23 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality has put contingency plans in place to make sure the festive season is not derailed by water or electricity crises.

Meanwhile, the Wembley area was left high and dry again yesterday, with the cause of the water cuts still unclear.

This is amid concern by residents that the municipality might not be able to cope with any crisis as many workers have gone on leave for the festive season and the municipality is allegedly operating with skeleton staff.

Last week, resident in parts of the Northdale suburbs were left without water or electricity for several hours. The water pipe had burst and power went out.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said they do not anticipate any water or electricity problems but should there be any, they have teams in place that will attend to them. He said: “We have staff members that have not gone on leave that will be able to assist should there be any challenges.”

Nkosi said should there be water problems, they have water tankers that will be able to deliver water and they could also source more vehicles that will deliver water to the areas that are in need.

He said they have also put together a team that will be dedicated to fighting electricity theft during this period.

“Most of our challenges [with electricity] stem from electricity theft.”

He said they also have contractors they could call upon should there be any jobs their staff were not able to ­handle. Speaking on burst water pipes, he said it was not an issue of aging infrastructure but people building without permission.

An official at the city’s call centre said there had been water problems in several areas across the city but they had all been fixed. “In the Wembley area, there is no water today. We are not sure what is happening there and we are still waiting to receive the report.”

A ward councillor expressed scepticism about contingency plans. “We have not been told of any plan … they [municipal officials] will say go to the call centre. We, as councillors, have our own networks that we rely on, if we ­relied on the call centre that could take three days for problems to be attended.”

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