Water cuts persist in Lwandle

2018-07-12 06:00
Lwandle residents stand in a queue after the area experienced yet another water cut from the municipality.PHOTO: velani ludidi

Lwandle residents stand in a queue after the area experienced yet another water cut from the municipality.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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Residents of the greater Lwandle area continue to stand in queues for water as their taps run dry unannounced.

  • City Vision recently published an article on residents complaints about the water cuts and how they are affected (“.

The City of Cape Town promised that the problem had been fixed, but City Vision was again contacted to witness people queuing for water at a water tank ay Lwandle Migrant Museum.

“We are really being disrespected here,” said disgruntled resident Lebohang Motsabi.

“I am unemployed and sell meat for a living. I had to close my business because the meat, as I cannot wash the meat. This is not acceptable from people who claim they have the best run city in the country.”

Another resident, Nokwanda Mlambo, said the municipality lied when they said the water issue was sorted out.

“We would not be here standing in this queue if they were telling the truth,” she said.

“This is happening only in townships. At work, my boss did not mention anything about them experiencing water cuts.”

Councillor Jongidumo Maxheke could not say why the area was experiencing water cuts. “I asked the subcouncil chairperson who also said he does not know why this is happening,” he explained.

“I don’t know whether this is being done deliberately. They should have informed me, so that I am able to offer residents an explanation when they approach.”

Xanthea Limberg, Mayoral Committee member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, and Energy, said this is pressure management-related work that is being done to lower usage across the metro to help Cape Town get through the drought and reduce water leakages and pipe bursts.

“As the pressure work happens across the metro on a daily basis, advisories are sent to radio and online, area-based/subcouncil structures, and to the Call Centre, among others,” she said.

“The City has been communicating its ongoing pressure management work for the past year.”

Limberg added that pressure management does not necessarily entail cuts, but could lead to interrupted supply or water flowing very slowly at a low pressure.

Limberg advised residents to keep up to 10 litres of water in sealed containers in the event that the disruption lasts for longer periods.

She said the programme continues across the metro.

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