Imbali still waiting for burst pipe to be fixed

2015-01-08 00:00

WHILE water gushes down Caluza Road in Imbali Township, some parts of the area have not had any water for over three days.

This comes after a pipe supplying homes in the area burst on Sunday night. A distraught resident, Zandile Mngadi, said Msunduzi Municipality water staff had tried to fix the broken pipe, but it continued to leak and they woke up to empty taps on Monday.

“We couldn’t sleep on Sunday night as we were dealing with water gushing into our houses. It was horrible,” she said.

On Monday, municipal workers dug a large, deep hole at the entrance to Mngadi’s home. However, she has not heard from them since then, and does not know when the leak will be fixed and the hole filled.

“The pipe continues to leak and the hole is full of water. It is now dangerous, especially for children. They [the water department staff] did not tell us when they are going to come back to sort out this mess,” she said.

Mngadi said the water had damaged the foundation of her perimeter wall. She said the problem dates back to 2010 when the pipe initially burst. Then, she said, municipal workers conducted an inspection and cordoned off the area with tape, but nothing was done and water continued leaking.

“They should have treated this matter as an emergency. We have no water and we are very angry,” she said.

Another resident, Thembi Khumalo, said there is no water in her home and her children had to go to another area to bathe.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said: “There was heavy rainfall experienced over the last three to four days, which caused a lot of our trenches to flood and led to several burst water pipes. Currently, we are attending to each of the burst water pipes. However, there is a backlog, and the Caluza Road one will be inspected and repaired.”


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