Gutter garden highlights water leak issue

2017-08-14 13:45
Logan Govender planted herbs in this gutter as a sign of protest against the Msunduzi Municipality, which he says has not repaired a burst underground pipe in Rosham Road since June. The water from has allowed Govender’s ‘gutter garden’ to flourish.

Logan Govender planted herbs in this gutter as a sign of protest against the Msunduzi Municipality, which he says has not repaired a burst underground pipe in Rosham Road since June. The water from has allowed Govender’s ‘gutter garden’ to flourish. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - In a desperate bid to highlight the municipality’s neglect, a local man has filled a roadside gutter with compost and started a herb garden as a sign of protest.

The “thousands of litres” of water that’s pouring from a burst under-surface water pipe is the main help in ensuring this herb garden flourishes, he said.

Logan Govender from Rosham Road in Raisethorpe said he and his neighbours, including the street committee, cannot count the number of phone calls they have made to the municipality and ward councillor. Govender said the water started gushing from an underground burst pipe in June and after realising that no one was going to help, the “gutter garden” came to mind.

Govender said he has no real intention of using those herbs but they have been grown as a symbol to illustrate how valuable water was being wasted in such quantities and so recklessly “by a municipality which ought to know better and carry out its duties more expeditiously”.

“This symbolical act of mine might just shame this municipality into action. After all, the volume of water and the regularity of the flow is high enough to get my gutter garden flourishing. This is a shame.”

He said that the leak started in June this year and numerous reports to the municipal call centre fell on deaf ears.

While the municipality is tardy in fixing the leak, Govender accused the City of being pretty quick to come down hard upon residents who defaulted on their payments.

“If anything, the water is running faster as the days go by and now there’s another under-surface broken pipe further up the road contributing to greater water loss.

“This is a sinful waste of water in a country and in a province that is in the stranglehold of a drought which is not likely to end any time soon,” he said.

Questions and the picture was sent to Msunduzi Municipality for comment but was not answered. Witness Warriors will keep on the pressure and hopefully next week’s column will tell the story of the fixed pipes.


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