Edendale residents living ‘a nightmare’

2015-07-03 07:48
A woman walks with a bucket of water on her head in Mayor’s Walk. There has been intermittent water in the area for a week and locals have been forced to find other means of getting water.

A woman walks with a bucket of water on her head in Mayor’s Walk. There has been intermittent water in the area for a week and locals have been forced to find other means of getting water. (Jonathan Burton)

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WITH months of intermittent water supply in the area, some Edendale residents say they “feel like leaving Pietermaritzburg” due to the constant problems and lack of concern from the municipality.

Residents in Caluza, Edendale say water shortages have become a “painful experience” especially now that children are on their mid-year school holiday.

“The water comes and goes and sometimes there are days when there is no water at all. I have called the municipality many times and received many reference numbers but that’s where the municipality’s work stops. No one has been out to see what the problem is and no one has let us know when the water will be cut off. This is a nightmare,” said Iris Mgadi of Lot 27 in Caluza Road.

Mgadi said the water problems began almost three months ago and since then there has been no communication from the municipality. She said water and electricity are essential and questioned whether the municipality “cares for its people”.

“The municipality only cares about what is due to them. They are good for sitting in the bushes and giving people tickets and they are good for collecting money from us but can’t deliver. Who are we voting for? There are so many problems here in Edendale, it’s like we live in the s**t,” said Mgadi.

Another resident, Tholakele Gumed,e said she was forced to buy a “big drum” to store water in.

“Our lives are so disrupted. Whenever there is some water, I have to fill this drum up and keep the water. We are so fed up because we receive no joy from the municipality,” said Gumede. She added that since the water problems have endured for three months in the area, the municipality should have some feedback for the residents.

“We don’t hear from them [the municipality] at all. Who do we turn to? Water is so important in our lives, we actually prefer load shedding. That is manageable compared to no water,” she said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the water interruptions in the area are due to frequent burst pipes in and around Edendale.

“There have been quite a few burst pipes in the last few months in the area and repairing those means we have to shut down the supply of water. Much of the work is reactive to the ageing infrastructure in the city,” said Madonda.

She said that communication to the residents is “difficult” as the shut down of the water supply is not planned.

“This is beyond our control and it is not intentional. We do apologise to the residents for the inconvenience caused, but we are trying,” she added

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