Team to fix water problem

2015-01-15 00:00

SPECIALISTS from Durban have been brought in to solve the water mystery that has left Winterskloof and Mount Michael residents without water for a week.

The team are working with plumbers from uMgungundlovu District Municipality — which supplies the water — to locate and fix the fault.

Residents have been without water since Thursday last week. Sweetwaters includes the Winterskloof and Mount Michael areas.

There were also reports of water shortages in Hilton and Montrose.

It was reported yesterday that some residents have to survive by buying ­water, using Jojo tanks and drawing water from the local stream.

Sbu Khuzwayo, the municipal manager at uMgungundlovu, said they had brought in more teams with more ­sophisticated equipment. He said the problem was a burst pipe and he ­believed it would be fixed by late yesterday.

In a letter to residents, Khuzwayo acknowledged that “this current situation is not acceptable”.

“We have appointed a team of water specialists from Joat currently on site with their modern equipment …”

One resident who spotted the team working expressed doubt they would reconnect the water.

“The fact is that they [the municipality] do not have a clue what is wrong,” said the resident, who declined to be named.

He said the water reticulation system in the area was old and problematic and should have been replaced years ago.

“Khuzwayo has apologised to the residents. That is all nice and well but what we want to know is when the ­water will be restored …” he said.

Another resident said they have had to survive on water from relatives. “We take buckets of water and go to relatives to collect water there.”

Another threatened they will now go on strike and burn tyres to get attention.

DA councillor Pam Passmoor said: “The people are getting angry and I do not blame them. It has been six days without water. It is hard as people’s lives are geared towards having water coming out of the tap …”

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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