Thornville faces major water crisis

2015-05-21 06:00
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Sam Motaung, with some of his empty containers, waiting for the water tanker.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubanr Sam Motaung, with some of his empty containers, waiting for the water tanker.

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THE Thornville community says the water shortage has reached crisis level.

They hire vehicles and pay them to fetch water for them at Thornville police station. Echo visited the area last week and spoke to residents who said they have been without water for three days. Empty containers stood by gates waiting for a water tanker to arrive which “only come once or twice a week”, said resident Nomusa Mthembu.

Resident Christina Molefe said the shortage of water makes life very difficult.

“It is getting worse and we don’t know what to do anymore.

“There is only one tanker that supplies water here. We used to get supplies every day, but that has changed.

“Sometimes it comes and other times it doesn’t come at all. It is a crisis and we fear that things might get worse as time goes on,” she said.

Msunduzi municipality acting marketing and communications manager Nqobile Madonda said that generally water tankers do supply water to legally owned and occupied areas in Thornville. She said however, they do experience some minor challenges.

“With all of that being said we endeavour to continue supplying water tankers as often as our resources permit,” she said.

Mthembu said water is a necessity.

“Everything stops if there is no water. You can’t wash, bath or do basic cleaning in the house. There are vegetables that need to be watered, but that cannot happen if we have no water. We have no taps and it doesn’t look like something will be sorted out soon. We survive with water we get from the police station.

“We are paying for the water and it is difficult for people who don’t have cars. They have to hire vans in order for them to get water,” said Mthembu.

Molefe said they wish that the municipality attends to their problem before it gets out of hand

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