Reports on spring closure slammed

2017-09-26 06:00
One of the water springs in Newlands that is used by many who are trying to save water.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

One of the water springs in Newlands that is used by many who are trying to save water.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The City of Cape Town has slammed recent reports that the water springs in Newlands will be closed down. This follows published articles and circulating Facebook posts that have caused confusion for community members who have resorted to using these springs as their main source of water. The springs are said to have been used by hundreds of community members since the water scarcity situation worsened earlier this year.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services and energy, says the City does not intend to close any spring water collection points. “Please note that regulating the use of spring water and groundwater is the ambit of the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Residents are, however, advised that this water is untreated and thus consumed at own risk,” says Limberg

Ward councillor, Ian Iverson, says the news is being spread by a particular person for his own particular reasons.

Residents say they heard about the reports a few weeks back. They did not understand why the natural source of water would be closed by the City, as they believe it is an effective way of saving water during the difficult time of drought.

Rina Marais-Louise, who has been using the spring for more than six months, says the news broke recently and a petition was started in opposition. They made sure to spread the word through social media to create awareness and gain support from other community members with the aim of stopping the action. She says they have heard that the City is planning to reroute the spring and create a pipeline that will lead to the spring being monitored, making the water inaccessible to the public. “I do not think that is fair because that is natural water. We use the springs to save water as we know there is a critical shortage of water.”

Another resident, Faried Johnson, who has also been using the spring for several months, says: “I heard about that trauma. We cannot have that happening. Where are we supposed to get water? That is natural water and free to anyone. There is a scarcity of water in this country and we are doing our bit to save it, and they want to restrict us. There should be other means to use – not closing the spring to the public.”

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