W’kloof residents draw water from rivers

2015-01-14 00:00

WINTERSKLOOF residents have been without water for the past six days and some has resorted to fetching water from local streams.

Other residents either had to buy water, rely on the municipal water tankers’ deliveries, or use Jojo tanks while water technicians of uMgungundlovu District Municipality struggle to locate the fault in the ­water network.

The district municipality is responsible for supplying water in the area.

Many irate residents called The Witness complaining about the water problem and lack of communication from uMngeni Municipality.

They believed that uMngeni was responsible for supplying water to the area.

“If they answered their phones and explained what is going on, this would alleviate the pressure on them,” said one frustrated resident.

DA councillor Pam Passmoor said she had recommended that water ­experts from outside be brought in to locate the fault.

“The residents have been without water for the past six days. They ... have to collect from a local stream. The [water technicians] are struggling to locate the fault and external people have to be brought in to help,” she said.

However, municipal manager Sbu Khuzwayo said their teams had located the fault, which was a burst pipe. “I have told the teams to stay on site until the problem is resolved,” he said.

There have also been other water problems in and around the city.

In the city centre, according to residents, water pressure has been reduced and therefore does not pump properly in some high-rise buildings.

In Caluza near Edendale, residents have been plagued by erratic water supply since October, but last week, the water stopped altogether.

“Since October, there have been water problems in that area. Every morning when we are getting ready to go to work, we find that there is no water, and when we come back in the evening the water would have ­returned,” said Zweli Gumede, a ­resident in the area.

He said, “This has never happened before.

“The water was available in the ­afternoon and now we suddenly do not have any.”

Repeated attempts to get ­explanations and comments from the Msunduzi Municipality about the water problems in the city centre and Caluza were unsuccessful.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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