Water is life

2016-01-07 06:00

THE Christmas season did not
herald peace and joy for residents along the South Coast. As ratepayers, we are entitled to the basic service of water. Water restrictions were enforced from Hibberdene to Ramsgate.

As a resident of Uvongo, I had no water on 25, 28, 29 and 31 December, 2015. I visited the Ugu offices on 29 December, offering employees a bottle of dirty water from my tap - which they refused to drink.

Why must I be obliged to drink, cook and wash with this filthy
water that trickles from my taps after being dry from early morning to midday?

The Ugu mission statement on the Ugu calender indicates: “To provide quality water...” Beneath pictures on an Ugu vehicle, tanker are words: “Water is life”, no doubt containing high E coli
bacteria levels, which can be fatal.

At the Ugu offices, I was handed a roster of water restriction hours for Uvongo, 22:00 until 05:00. I remained without water until the afternoon. After telephoning my complaints of “no water”, I was “showered” with numerous reference numbers - for what purpose?

When a friend contacted Ugu to express her concern about the excessive water wastage by car wash companies, the answer was: “That’s their business.”

We are instructed not to water plants because of the drought situation, yet by watering the plants and trees, we are replacing and reinforcing the rain cycle, a concept beyond comprehension of Ugu officials. As a resident, I did not have the basic right to be supplied with water to drink, cook, wash and flush. Sand continuously blocks the toilet cistern and pensioners cannot afford to summon plumbers. What damage is caused to geysers?

Instead of always attributing the fault to the apartheid government, qualified artisans should be employed, even if they are not part of BEE. Who is now responsible for our status of the third worst economic power in the world? The apartheid government administered a flourishing economy.

El Lobo

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