Shobeni: Community goes three years without running water

2011-08-15 00:00

Ugu municipality is dispatching water tankers to ease the plight of residents in Shobeni’s Ward 5 who have been battling to get uninterrupted water supply for the past three years.

The taps on the Hibiscus Coast ward started drying up in 2009, and the community is now taking its representatives to task to deliver on government’s promised basic services.

Councillor Pretty Moloi said, “The Ugu water tanker used to come for three days in the area, but their management has stopped that. The truck [now] comes once only on Mondays, which leaves people with no water for days.

“People fetch water from the rivers and the streams and now it’s so bad that people are blaming me for failing to do my work as a councillor.”

Moloi said that it was Ugu’s responsibility to deliver water.

After a meeting with Ugu management, Moloi was told that the municipality had not been informed about the water problem in the area.

“They dispatched water tankers the same day and the problem has been solved.”

Ugu spokesperson Lindani Mzotho said, “Shobeni is one of the areas whose water supply has not yet been commissioned fully.

“The delay in commissioning the scheme is because of the need to first complete the bulk water supply components which had been running parallel to the reticulation programme.”

In the meantime water tankers had been dispatched where this was feasible, said Mzotho.

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