Water crisis worsens in Thornville

2015-11-11 06:00
PHOTO:file Sam Motaung from Thornville earlier this year, waits for the water tanker with empty containers.

PHOTO:file Sam Motaung from Thornville earlier this year, waits for the water tanker with empty containers.

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KWAZULU-NATAL has been declared a disaster area because of the low water levels at most dams, and the water crisis continues to cripple the Thornville community as they have been without water for the past three weeks.

In May Echo reported that Thornville residents were paying vans to fetch water from the Thornville police­ station as the water tanker had not arrived in their area.

Residents said there is only one tanker that supplies water to them­, but it had not come for three weeks.

Concerned resident Nikky Gebashe­ told Echo that they are concerned as not everyone has a car to drive either to the France area or Thornville police station to fetch water­.

“For three weeks now we have been without water and we are concerned that when the water tanker arrives it only supplies one section of the area. We were told that the municipality had terminated contracts with water­ tankers that are supposed to supply us and that we would get new ones, however, no one has updated us about anything.”

Gebashe also raised concerns that the water issue has come at a time of drought when there is a dire need for water for everyone, including animals and plants.

“Some people here are farmers and some have vegetable gardens. As a way of saving water we would irrigate our plants with used water, but now we are unable to do even that because of this crisis.

“On top of that some of us are paying for municipal services, yet we are being deprived of basic services such as water.”

Other residents said they fear that if the problem is not resolved soon, there will also be a water crisis in areas­ where residents do get water because more people than the required number will be consuming water from one source.

Msunduzi municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said: “There is water provision in the area as water tankers still deliver water. People who are complaining are those who have built outside the municipality’s jurisdiction.”

uMgungundlovu district municipality has issued a statement that the Midlands may soon be facing water shedding if communities continue to waste water. Water levels are reported to be sitting at 54% at Midmar Dam.

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