50 litres of water is not enough, say Senekal residents

2016-01-08 09:00
Senekal residents queuing for water. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Senekal residents queuing for water. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – Residents of Tambo informal settlement in Senekal in the Free State start queuing for water from 03:00 every morning.

The town has not had running water since December 14. And now even the local shops are running out of bottled water. Shops, restaurants and petrol stations have started putting up "no toilets" signs.

Queuing at the water station provided by the municipality, residents told News24 that the water provided to them was not enough.

"We are suffering here and it is not nice anymore. Since this morning, I haven’t eaten or even bathed. That is how bad it is in Senekal right now,” said resident Suzan Motsoane.

"We are fighting here every day for water and although the municipality is offering us 50 litres a day, it is just not enough," she said.

Another resident, Nkomo Matshidisi, 58, agreed. "The municipality should really try to increase the amount of water that they are providing for us. I am taking care of my mother who has to take medication everyday and now because there is no water, it becomes a problem," she said.

Municipal water services manager Thabo Mokhethoa said more than 260 000 litres of water a day was being sent to Senekal. This equated to 50 litres per household per day.

Farmers with boreholes had been asked to help provide water, and were being paid 4c per litre, which excluded transport costs.

Senekal residents queuing for water. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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