No water in KwaQanda for four years

2016-04-06 06:00
PHOTO:NQOBILE MTOLO Many KwaQanda homes have not had water for the past four years, however, they continue to receive water bills from the Msunduzi Municipality.

PHOTO:NQOBILE MTOLO Many KwaQanda homes have not had water for the past four years, however, they continue to receive water bills from the Msunduzi Municipality.

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PARTS of KwaQanda, a rural area just outside Pietermaritzburg near Taylor’s Halt, has been without water for the past four years, but residents continue to receive water­ bills from the Msunduzi Municipality­.

The houses mostly affected are in the vicinity of the monumental - KwaQanda Rock.

Affected residents, who spoke to Echo, said they doubt this has anything to do with the drought.

They revealed, however, they still get water bills from Msunduzi Municipality, which has created confusion as not one drop of water comes out of their taps.

KwaQanda resident Vamsile Ngubane­, who has been living at KwaQanda for 15 years, said they rely on a water truck and rain water from Jojo tanks erected at various RDP houses as their only source of water.

“The nearby streams and springs have dried up. There has been no communication from the municipality on what the cause of the lack of water in our area is.

“Before we completely ran out of water years ago we used to only get water during the early hours of the morning.

“We would wake up at 3am to fill up buckets and pots. These days there is not a single drop of water,” said Ngubane.

Another resident, Nombuyiselo Mkhize, said the water truck only comes once every two days.

“However, if the road is wet and slippery during rainy days, the water truck does not travel up the gravel road to our houses and we do not get water for days,” said Mkhize.

On 19 February the Msunduzi Municipality­ was sent questions asking­ it to explain why residents are still getting water bills when they have not had water for four years, what is the reason and cause of the non-availability of water and whether these affected residents will ever have access to water.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the matter will be investigated.

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