City’s blame game

2016-03-16 06:00

RESIDENTS have lashed out at Msunduzi Municipality, saying it is also to blame for the imminent water shedding the city has been warned to expect.

Following yesterday’s front-page article “City to have ‘no water at all’” which quoted the city’s water manager Brenden Sivparsad saying water shedding was necessary because residents did not save enough water, some residents said the municipality’s inability to repair burst water pipes fast enough is also to blame.

“Will the municipality take responsibility for our water situation? All the leaking pipes and gushing water in streets lay at their door and there was no forward planning from them while water levels were good,” said resident Ansu Govender. “Then they [Msunduzi Municipality] start to maintain [the reason for the water leaks is] ageing infrastructure only when we are in the middle of a drought,” said Govender.

A resident, who asked not be named, said they had reported a burst pipe in the Chase Valley area more than three weeks ago.

“I do not believe the residents are the only ones to blame for the water shortage we face. I do not believe the people who are supposed to assist with the fixing of leaks are doing anything about our calls for assistance. In the meantime, water is lost at a scary rate,” said the Grimthorpe Road resident.

Acting spokesperson for the municipality Nqobile Madonda agreed that some responsibility should be shouldered by the municipality, however she said “old infrastructure” is always prone to failure.

“We are asking the public to join forces and assist us in saving water. It’s a responsibility that we should all shoulder if we are going to have some of the best drinking water for years to come,” said Madonda.

She said the municipality is working hard towards resolving all burst pipes within six to eight hours.

“We have also looked at our operations teams to become more responsive to exigencies of service.

“We have engaged contract plumbers internally to augment our permanent staff and we will continue to encourage the public to report leaks,” added Madonda.

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