Water cuts irk residents

2018-06-28 06:02
Nomapha Kalolo (27) and Zandile Hati (24) on their way back from fetching water after water cuts.PHOTO: VELANI LUDIDI

Nomapha Kalolo (27) and Zandile Hati (24) on their way back from fetching water after water cuts.PHOTO: VELANI LUDIDI

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As the dam levels are now confirmed to be at more than 42%, residents can breathe a sigh of relief as Day Zero is pushed further back – possibly becoming something of the past.

The rise of the dam levels means taps will not run dry anytime soon, but for Strand people it is a different story.

Three areas of Strand, Asanda Village, Nomzamo and Lwandle, have been experiencing water cuts for more than a week – without notice from the municipality.

“You wake up and there is no water,” said Zandile Hati (24).

“We don’t know what is happening because dams are now full [sic], but we are struggling with water,” she told City Vision.

People are now forced to walk long distances in search of water, and it is more difficult for those who return from work late.

Nomapha Kalolo (27) finds this very frustrating.

“They do not have the decency to tell people what is happening with the water cuts,” she said. “They occur so randomly you can’t really prepare for it.”

Councillor Simthembile Mfecane was unaware of the situation.

“I asked the other councillors what was happening and they told me they were also in the dark, like me,” he said. “I do not know what to tell residents.”

Councillor Xanthea Limberg, Mayoral Committee member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, and Energy, denied her department didn’t communicate the water cuts.

“This is part of the City’s Drought Response Programme, which is happening across the metro,” she said.

“The City has been communicating, and continues to communicate, its advanced pressure management programme as an important one to reduce water leaks and usage.”

Limberg conceded a number of outages occurred in Nomzamo and Lwandle as a result of pressure zone inspections.

“The work is carried out during the night, in an effort to minimise water interruptions,” she said.

“We regret any inconvenience, but this is part of our necessary work across the metro, which ensures we survive the drought.”

Limberg said the inspection is complete and normal supply has been restored.

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