Communal standpipe negligence in France

2015-09-10 06:00
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A broken communal standpipe in France that is causing concern.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane A broken communal standpipe in France that is causing concern.

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WITH a number of areas facing water shortages in Pietermaritzburg the negligence of communal standpipes is a concern.

France location is one of the areas with leaking taps because of broken water­ pipes and Dambuza and Machibisa­ are facing the same crisis.

France location is one of the areas which experienced water shortages in 2013, when from March to June, the location was in critical condition and residents were forced to reuse water more than once - using the washing water to flush toilets, but this resulted in the area smelling as some of the residents didn’t have water at all.

This week in France water had been “squirting” out from a standpipe for 20 hours without attention from the municipality.

A Phase 3 resident in France location, Nontobeko Shezi, said water came from a pipe burst.

“We are used to seeing water being wasted and the leak not being attended for days. This is not the only place where you see water running and taps leaking.

“We are just one community that faces the water crisis and it is shocking to see water being wasted like this and we don’t have the contact number for the municipality,” said Shezi.

Msunduzi municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the matter is being escalated to the foreman to expedite.

“We are in drought season however, it should be noted that the issues of broken standpipes are man-made.

“These are communal taps for all to use, but you find that in other situations the very community meant to be serviced by this infrastructure does not take care of it, or abuses or destroys it or goes as far as stealing certain parts from the taps,” said Madonda­.

Asked how long it takes for the municipality­ to respond on a logged call, she said they respond within a day.

“Ideally we would like to respond within 24 hours however, our response times are dependent on the number of burst mains and/or major faults currently being attended to and the availability of resources to attend to those,” said Madonda.

Madonda urged residents to call the municipality if they are having water problems or if there is any crisis that requires­ the municipality’s urgent attention.

The number to call is 0800 001 868

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