NO WATER for three months

2016-04-26 06:00
Resident Mali Sithole of Kwa-Ngcolosi Reserve in Hillcrest opens a waterless tap.  Photo: Kalisha Naicker

Resident Mali Sithole of Kwa-Ngcolosi Reserve in Hillcrest opens a waterless tap. Photo: Kalisha Naicker

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FOR three months residents in KwaNgcolosi Reserve in Hillcrest have had no water and it appears as though the matter is getting worse.

Resident Mali Sithole said he has complained to the ward councillor on numerous occasions, but the situation remains the same.

He said in January the community was informed that there was a problem with the water source and that the water supply will be shut off intermittently, however the water was shut of completely, leaving residents “high and dry”. “Our community is suffering, we cannot survive without water. We are battling to bath, cook and the toilets do not flush properly,” he said.

“This is also impacting negatively on our children as they struggle every morning before school.”

Sithole said that without flushing toilets there is also the chance of disease spreading.

“Something needs to be done before there is a disease outbreak in our community.”

He said the municipality has deployed water tanks to the area, how-ever, these are not effective because they do not service the entire community and by the time a tank reaches his home, the water is finished.

“Municipality tanks only drive on the main street, and in this area there are a lot of rural homes with elderly folk who cannot walk to the main road to collect water, so they are left dehydrated and in unhygienic conditions.

“How long do we have to suffer?”

Another resident, Blessing Mlu, said he has been trying to get feedback from the ward councillor, but unsuccessfully. “Residents are not treated with dignity and respect, no one wants to tell us what is going on.

“We are fed up with the situation - we cannot live like this.”

Ward councillor Themba Shelembe of Ward 8 said: “I am aware of the severity of the problem. I have provided water tankers for residents and installed Jojo tanks in the rural townships that do not have access to tanks.

“I have also approached the mayor and city manager and applied for a Section 36 [which states it is an emergency] and it was approved and we began laying pipes on Monday, 18 April.”

Shelembe said the pipe-laying project will take between six and nine months to complete.

“We want this project completed properly so residents have continuous running water , so I appeal to residents to please be understanding.

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