Residents petition for clean water

2015-04-30 17:17
Resident Henry Daniels (right) and DA councillor David Aldendorff handed over a petition signed by over 400 disgruntled Upper Wavecrests residents who are struggling daily with discoloured water, to Kouga Municipality Speaker Magdalene Dlomo.

Resident Henry Daniels (right) and DA councillor David Aldendorff handed over a petition signed by over 400 disgruntled Upper Wavecrests residents who are struggling daily with discoloured water, to Kouga Municipality Speaker Magdalene Dlomo.

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DISGRUNTLED Upper Wavecrest residents have handed over a petition to the Kouga Municipality demanding clean water.

The petition, signed by over 400 affected reisidents, was handed over to Kouga Speaker Magdalene Dlomo last week. Feedback is expected within four weeks.

Although the municipality is adamant that the borehole water supplied to approximately 2 400 households is safe to drink, residents had enough of the brown and occasionally bad smelling water impeding on their daily lives.

This despite several complaints laid by the municipality, Department of Water Affairs, the Public Protector, the Human Rights Commission and even President Jacob Zuma.

According to Dr Henry Daniels, who spearheaded the petition, this is not a political petition. “Residents, homeowners and tenants alike, are tired of putting up with discoloured water. We are dissatisfied with the quality of drinking water obtained from the boreholes and believe the water is insufficient for basic human needs. We are no longer willing to stay quiet about it,” he said.

“Even though the Kouga Municipality claims that the water is safe for human consumption, residents are reluctant to drink it and we are forever buying bottled water. The luxury of a long bath is something we can only dream of. We take quick showers so that the brown water is not as noticeable. Furthermore, we are tired of the staining. Our white clothes are getting ruined and our toilets and bathtubs need more frequent scrubbing.”

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