WE are experiencing the worst drought in decades. Water-saving measures and community awareness via this newspaper have highlighted the seriousness of the problems we face. Msunduzi’s situation is worsened by ongoing mismanagement and corruption that saw infrastructure neglected, an always challenged call centre and a customer service delivery charter (2013-2030) not adhered to.
Primary culprit is the New Prison failing to address water leaks due to incapacity! This ineffectiveness is a direct result of the ANC prioritising the deployment of cadres who repeatedly reveal incompetence. The municipality conveniently insulates itself from any liability, not realising that alert ratepayers know of wastages where leaks were ignored for years, a public pool repeatedly emptied and refilled and leaks in at least two swimming pools not addressed or in the midst of being attended to. Swimming pools close at the end of the month and it is trusted that the millions of litres of precious water will be creatively recycled instead of flushed down the drain pipes.
Restriction washers are normally fitted to meters of defaulting consumers to safeguard their constitutional right to water — this is not a time to cry foul but accept the punitive measures as responsible folk who care for the city and the planet.