Water, good news dribbles out

2016-07-20 06:00

EXACTLY one month ago Greytown taps ran dry resulting in residents either having to queue at the street Jojo tanks or pay for the transport of water to fill home tanks or tapping into their private boreholes.
It has not been easy and it has not been made any easier by the handful who have been abusing the Jojo water supply.

At the water meeting, which had been called for last Thursday by water service provider Umzinyathi District Municipality and conducted by Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane, there was some positive and some negative news.

Over the past six months the Greytown Gazette has almost weekly requested information from Umzinyathi about the progress of the Craigieburn pipeline with little, if any response.
However, at the meeting Mayor Ngubane and Umzinyathi Municipal Manager Dr Thombela admitted that the two municipalities had been at fault for not taking action sooner about the lack of progress, but that the services of the three errant contractors had now been terminated and investigations would be carried out to check whether there had been any misdoings by government officials involved.
In reply to a question from the floor Dr Ntombela said the new contractors would be appointed on merit and not through political­ connections.

The street Jojo tanks were part of the short-term intervention the Mayor said,which was been backed by Phase 2 of the water intervention project (see separate report on this page).

The Craigieburn pipeline was the long-term intervention - this project was being accelerated, monitored by the Department of Water and a technical task team, which would keep a close watch on the completion of this project hopefully by September or at the latest, December.

Mention was also made of the large number of private boreholes, owners of which should use this water sparingly as this had led to some of the municipal boreholes drying up.
Muden was experiencing serious problems as the Muden canal had collapsed.
Dredging Lake Merthley would cost as much as building a new dam and the wall would take strain.
Plans drawn up years ago for two possible dams in Umvoti would be looked at. Umvoti by-laws would be “fine-tuned” and tightened to enforce municipal action on illegal car washes etc.

Once again an appeal to all - although from Friday there will once again be a limited supply of water to households - the situation is still classified as a disaster and residents are requested to continue their good work in saving water.

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