Residents caught stealing water

2015-12-09 06:00

RESIDENTS were caught red handed stealing water from a non-metered fire hydrant along Khan Road in Northdale.

Ward 30 councillor Jay Singh witnessed the theft and said it is unfair to residents who pay for water. “While those paying consumers, who take the drought seriously and are diligent in saving water, others take advantage by stealing from our municipality’s non-metered supply line at nearby squatter camps. Although many incidents have been reported to the various departments, the theft of water by the truck load continues every day,” said Singh.

To save water, Singh suggested that the municipality­ look at reducing the water pressure at non-metered points.

“Recently a truck loaded with water, stolen from the Khan Road fire hydrant, was trailed to the Wartburg area.

“Like the theft of electricity, the paying consumer will once again be burdened with the proposed new increase in water.

“A simple solution would be to reduce the high pressure at non-metered points, which will certainly delay culprits from making a quick fill up and getaway,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality acting marketing and communications manager Nqobile Madonda­ said that the municipality will carry out investigations to save water.

“Council will investigate the matter with the view of securing the fire hydrants to avoid any further theft of water,” she said.

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