Resident’s year-long water leak woes

2017-09-14 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe collapsed boundary wall on Maretha Els’s property.

PHOTO: suppliedThe collapsed boundary wall on Maretha Els’s property.

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AN unresolved water leak, which has persisted for almost a year, is starting to endanger resident’s lives as their boundary wall reportedly collapsed recently.

Maretha Els of View Road in Ramsgate said she noticed the leak in November last year when a stream of water flowed through her yard and she didn’t know where it was coming from. The Fever is in possession of emails between Els and Ugu Municipality, however, she said after months of liaising with them, the leak remains unrepaired and caused damage on her property leading to the eventual collapse of a boundary wall.

“During their last visit a month ago, they [municipality] merely moved a meter, the reason for all the suffering I have had to live through since I moved in. “When I asked them to investigate this leak they said it was not in their job description,” said Els.

On Tuesday Els said her neighbour hired an independent assessor to repair the damages and they confirmed that a third of the property was now covered in water due to the leak.

“The assessors said an engineer was needed to immediately start work on the property because the damage was so extensive. They also said because of where the water was coming from, it was definitely a leak and not a natural stream,” said Els.

Area ward councillor Dave Watson said he was familiar with Els’s case and had also tried for months to get Ugu to resolve the issue.

“All over Ramsgate we have similar issues that Ugu just refuses to resolve. In Pine Road for example, there was a leak a month ago and Ugu just came and placed a rock over it,” said Watson. Ugu municipal spokesperson France Zama said the leak on Els’s property was attended to.

“According to our information, the water services technicians did attend to this leak and it was repaired a month ago. We have deployed a team today to attend to the customer’s complaint before the end of business,” Zama said.

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