Prestbury residents struggle without water

2016-05-23 11:21

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Pietermaritzburg - Prestbury residents were again left without water this weekend for longer than 36 hours.

Although water tankers were sent to the area, residents said the tankers do not service all the affected roads.

“We are dealing with the water situation as best as we can but there are a few roads that the trucks never go too. I drove around and found the truck and forced them to come to our road,” said one of the residents.

However, Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the trucks cannot go to every road and residents will have to go to the trucks.

One of the residents said since there is no scheduled time the water tankers attend the area, “it is very difficult to know when and where the trucks are”.

“We end up having to get water from friends and family because we never know when the tankers are around. They need to have a bell or some sort of alarm to alert the residents as to where they are,” said the resident.

The residents said they understand that the city is badly affected by the drought, however some residents are old and frail and cannot get to the tankers. “It is only fair that the trucks go to every road. The water truck coverage seems pretty poor and the drivers do not seem too concerned on getting to everybody,” said another resident.

Madonda said the municipality does understand the plight of the people.

“I will inform that department that tankers should at least hoot to alert residents when the tankers arrive. The tankers usually go to the main roads and to places where they can see lots of people waiting for water,” she said.

Madonda pleaded with residents to understand that the severity of the drought “will only get worse”.

“This is really not intentional and we apologise to those residents who are upset. I urge residents to find ways to keep some buckets of water aside for when they do not have water …”

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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