Water woes unending

2017-07-06 06:00
PHOTO: Fever reporterAlthough water has been restored to most areas, some residents in Ramsgate still had not a single drop yesterday.

PHOTO: Fever reporterAlthough water has been restored to most areas, some residents in Ramsgate still had not a single drop yesterday.

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RESIDENTS between Marburg and Ramsgate experienced two weeks of frustrating water interruptions, with many taking to social­ media to say they are gatvol.

According to an Ugu statement released on Wednesday, the interruptions were as a result of “challenges with the abstraction at St Helen’s Rock and electricity cable damage at the Bhobhoyi Plant”.

This caused the supply networks to collapse.

Although water had been restored in most places, including Shelly Beach, Manaba, Margate and some sections of Ramsgate, other streets had not seen a single drop at the time of going to press yesterday.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Ward 19 councillor George Henderson said Ugu kept residents in the dark about what was going on.

“Their service delivery sucks and their communication sucks,” said Henderson, “people are sick and tired.”

No communication or updates were given by Ugu in two weeks, according to Henderson.

“The only communication that came out of Ugu during this time was about the Ugu Jazz Festival, nothing about the water crisis.

“It was only after Ugu manager DD Naidoo’s phone number and those of other managers were posted on Facebook and residents flooded them with messages that they woke up and issued a statement on Wednesday.”

He said the DA is taking steps to get the MEC to intervene and pull out the resident’s petition submitted in May.

“We want the Minister of Water Affairs to transfer water services to Umgeni Water, but that will take a long time and we need an immediate relief.”

He said even taking the matter to the Public Protector and the Human Rights Council takes a long time because of the investigations that have to take place.

“The ultimate would be to vote them out because they are contributing to the downfall of the South Coast. People won’t come here if there is no water,” said Henderson.

In the statement issued on Wednesday, Ugu apologised for inconvenience caused by the water interruptions and urged residents to play an active part in water conservation.

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