Trenance Park water woes

2017-06-22 06:01
Pastor Bobby Narainsamy fills his bucket before the water is cut off. Photo: andile sithole

Pastor Bobby Narainsamy fills his bucket before the water is cut off. Photo: andile sithole

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DESPITE heavy rain that reportedly made a significant impact in major parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Trenance Park residents are complaining about their water shortage that has been going on for three years.

Residents said they have to walk far to fetch water from a water tanker that supplies water to the most affected areas.

Affected areas include Madrona Drive, Oak Street and homes close to the Trenance Park reservoir.

Pastor Bobby Narainsamy (71) has been living in the area for 30 years and remarked on the situation.

“We get water, but the problem is it gets cut off every week and sometimes comes out very slowly [from the tap].
“I have to wait for another day or two to get enough water for my family. This is very frustrating as I wake up in the morning and find there’s no water in the geyser. I pay R1 000 every month [for water].
“Last Tuesday when I opened the tap the water was muddy as if it came from rusted pipes. When I phone the eThekwini Municipality’s call centre I always get a stupid response, ‘reservoir is low and still filling’.
“I have children who have to go to school, but sometimes they can’t because we don’t have water at home. What’s more frustrating is that the water truck takes long to come and is unable to supply all residents. We want to know what the problem is.”

Roy Dora, a Madrona Drive resident told the Weekly that a petition was signed and handed to representatives of a civic association in a bid to put pressure on the officials to solve the problem.

“The water tanker truck does not come on weekends. That makes life miserable for pensioners like me. I have to wake up at around 3am and fill my buckets before the water supply is cut off at 5am. The situation is getting worse.
For the past 10 days I haven’t had water at home and had to go around the neighbourhood begging for water.”

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