Angry Emalahleni residents protest over brown tap water

2016-09-14 16:53
Bottled water. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Bottled water. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Emalahleni - Residents of eMalahleni are still getting brown water from their taps, despite the Mpumalanga municipality’s undertakings to address the problem.

"This problem is not new. eMalahleni residents are still getting dirty water on a daily basis," said resident Nozipho Mnisi.

"Most people are unemployed and have to surrender and consume the dirty water and use it for their daily house chores."

Residents began protesting on Monday over their water problems.

The only time residents did not have to drink the dirty water was when they had money to buy bottled water. Otherwise they had to boil tap water before drinking it, Mnisi said.

According to Wazimap, an online tool for exploring census and other data, 87.8% of residents in eMalahleni were getting water from a regional or local service provider.

Another resident, Thabo Baloyi, said the streets were riddled with potholes and councillors had done nothing about it.

"We have a lot of issues around eMalahleni and nothing has been said or done about it. The issue of water has been there for a long time. Some people have been reported sick because of it," he said.

eMalahleni municipal manager Theo Van Vuuren said eMahlaleni’s water situation had improved significantly over the past few years.

"However, with a very old infrastructure base, we are suffering huge losses due to pipe bursts, as well as sporadic problems in areas with water quality and availability."

Their main source was the Witbank Dam. Van Vuuren said the municipality was working on finding alternative and supplementary supplies to augment water availability.

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