No end to dirty water for Wavecrest residents

2016-03-17 06:00
Wacecrest residents are fed-up with the brown water that runs from their taps on a daily basis - not even school shirts are spared. Before landing in the washing machine, the two tops on the outside used to be as white as the one in the middle.                    Photo: SUPPLIED

Wacecrest residents are fed-up with the brown water that runs from their taps on a daily basis - not even school shirts are spared. Before landing in the washing machine, the two tops on the outside used to be as white as the one in the middle. Photo: SUPPLIED

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BROWN or yellowish brown: posting photos of the water coming out of Wavecrest taps has become a favourite pastime for some frustrated residents.

This is out of sheer desperation - hoping that the Kouga Municipality will answer their year long pleas. But to no avail.

And the problem is here to stay.

Not even the multi-million Rand pilot plant that was installed at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works last year with the sole purpose of addressing the discolouration of water to parts of Wavecrest over the past seven years, has brought any relief.

According to the State of the Municipality Address (SOMA), the pilot plant itself is not enough to address the problem as a whole. It is hoped that the necessary funding will be secured to expand the plant.

According to municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, it is estimated that about R100 million will be needed for the upgrade and related infrastructure requirements.

“’Basically, a whole new plant will have to be built. More boreholes will have to be drilled and connected to the plant. Another reservoir will also be needed,” says Randall.

“The pilot plant was built in conjunction with the Department of Water and Sanitation and we are still working with them to monitor how effective the pilot plant has been. We will also be working with them to secure funds.”

Randall says that the terrible drought in other parts of the country has, however, forced the Department to reprioritise their funding allocations. Their focus now is on drought relief and water conservation.

“It is, therefore, unlikely that they will be able to make funding available for a new plant in Jeffreys Bay in their next financial year,” says Randall. “Kouga has a solid working relationship with the department and we are confident that, together, we will be able to make the new plant a reality.”

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