Taps run dry in Mooi River

2012-11-07 00:00

THE Mooi River community has been without water for over a week, and frustrated residents say there has been no explanation from Umgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM).

An irate resident, Dawn Kinsey, said the water supply problem had been ongoing for the past year.

“On a weekly basis we experience water problems in this area, but this has been the worst because for seven days we haven’t had water,” said Kinsey.

She said the lack of communication was exacerbating the problem; residents were being left in the dark as to when the water supply would be restored.

She said she had sent seven e-mails, but had received no response from the district municipality.

“I cannot live like this. I am considering selling my house,” she said.

UMDM manager Sibusiso Khuzwayo acknowledged the problem, and said the water shortages had been going on for five days.

Khuzwayo said there was a problem with the water distribution system, which includes pumps, water valves, meters and pipes.

“We have isolated the cause of the problem as water meters.

“The technical team is currently installing new water meters in order to restore supply by 4 pm today,” he said in a statement.

He said he had dispatched teams from other municipalities in the district and specialist maintenance contractors had been brought in.

As an interim measure, Khuzwayo said, he had activated the district’s disaster management team and water tankers were supplying water to all the affected areas.

“We sincerely regret this unfortunate situation and we will launch an intensive investigation into the source of this mishap and put in place corrective measures as a matter of urgency so that it does not repeat itself in other areas,” he added.

Khuzwayo said councillors and the disaster management unit were instructed to notify the community about the problem.

By late afternoon yesterday, Kinsey said water supply was restored only for an hour, and then the taps ran dry again.

The areas affected include the Riverdale end of Mooi River and the Treverton area. The Engen and Wimpy outlets at the entrance to Mooi River were also without water.

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