Msunduzi does its bit

2016-08-03 06:00


MSUNDUZI Municipality saved 22% of its usual water consumption last month, bypassing the savings achieved by eThekwini and uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

However, it is a bitter-sweet celebration given that there are still areas in Msunduzi that have not received a drop of water to their homes for over four months, and other areas that have had almost constant water interruptions.

These residents are losing their cool, with tersely worded communiques flying to the municipality on behalf of one irate community.

While Msunduzi Municipality showed a 22% saving in June, managers there admitted they are taking the accolade “with a pinch of salt”.

“We cannot be boastful about our savings when there are still portions of the city without water. We do, however, appreciate the people who have tried their best to save water,” said Water and Sanitation manager Brenden Sivparsad.

He said while most residents are saving water where they can, their biggest concern is the enforced savings in the greater Edendale area. Areas such as Willowfountain, Azalea, Ambleton, KwaPata and Imbali have had no water since March. High-lying areas such as Prestbury, upper Montrose and Clarendon have had an intermittent supply of water.

However, some Azalea residents were overjoyed on Thursday when water ran through their taps after four months.

One of the residents said they were happy to see their water had returned. However, they still filled buckets for storage “just in case”.

“I don’t trust the municipality. They did not tell us that the water was coming back so they won’t tell us when it will be cut again,” said a resident, who did not want to be named.

Ward councillor for the France area, Sindisiwe Gwala, said her area was also left without water for four months. However, Gwala said the municipality has sent water tankers to the area daily from 7am until 8pm.

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