Residents petition over dirty water - again

2017-08-10 06:02

HIGH content of iron and manganese present in borehole water, are still leaving residents brown in the face - despite a petition demanding clean water.

Now, more than two years after submitting the initial petition, disgruntled residents from Upper Wavecrest resubmitted the petition to the Kouga Municipality.

The petition, signed by over 400 affected re-sidents, was first handed over in April 2015 to former Kouga Speaker Magdalene Dlomo. Not receiving any feedback, residents decided to once again hand over the petition to Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen in July this year.

“Residents had enough of the brown and occasionally bad smelling water impeding their daily lives,” says resident Henry Daniels.

According to Daniels, who spearheaded the petition, this is not a political petition. “We are dissatisfied with the quality of drinking water obtained from the boreholes and believe the water is insufficient for basic human needs. We just want clean water, like all the other residents in Jeffreys Bay,” he says.

Affected residents are not the only ones concerned about the water quality.

After conducting their annual national blue and greet drop project that focuses on the quality of the drinking water and sewage plants earlier this year, AfriForum expressed their concern with regard to the high content of iron and manganese present in the borehole water and which leads to a brown-black deposit.

“We are forced to install water filtration systems to improve the quality of water coming from our taps. These filters need to be cleaned once a week,” says Daniels.

“We are charged an average to above-ave-rage rate on our municipal account for water that we consider to be of far below-average quality. Why must we pay the same rate as the rest of the residents in Jeffreys Bay, even though they are supplied with better quality water from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality?”

“The flocculate channel at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works is nearing completion. While this is not guaranteed to stop the discolouration of the water completely, it will help to minimise occurrences,” says Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Desmond Petersen.

“We remain committed to resolving the discolouration and are working on a long-term permanent solution, however, the drought and looming water shortages will impact on how quickly this happens as we need to divert resources towards conserving water and securing additional sources.”

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