Residents petition for clean water

2015-04-30 17:31
Residents feel forced to install water filtration systems to improve the quality of water coming from their taps. These filters need to be cleaned once a week. These filters of Daniel’s are in the process of being cleaned.

Residents feel forced to install water filtration systems to improve the quality of water coming from their taps. These filters need to be cleaned once a week. These filters of Daniel’s are in the process of being cleaned.

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“WE feel forced to install water filtration systems to improve the quality of water coming from our taps. These filters need to be cleaned once a week. On top of this, we are told that if our water is discoloured, to run all taps for ten to twenty minutes - significantly adding to the cost of our water accounts,” says Da- niels.

Daniels continued: “We are charged an average to above-average rate on our municipal account for water that we consider to be of far below-average quality.

“We pay the same rate as the rest of the re-sidents in Jeffreys Bay, even though they are supplied with better quality water from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. If the improvement of our water quality is not achie-vable or if we cannot receive the same water as the rest of Jeffreys Bay, then the very least we deserve is to pay reduced rates from the rest of the residents in Jeffreys Bay.

According to DA ward councillor David Aldendorff, there is no provision made in the draft capital budget of the municipality to address this ongoing problem.

“The DA has been appealing to the municipality since 2011 to include the upgrading of the boreholes in the Integrated Developement Plan (IDP), but to date nothing has happened,” said Aldendorff.

According to Kouga municipal spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall, the petition will now go to the Petition Committee who will set the time frames for further consultation with the petitioners, if deemed necessary, and feedback.

“It is unlikely that residents will receive water from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. As the Metro is also under pressure to cut back on its water usage, it is unlikely that they would be in a position to supply more water to Kouga,” said Randall.

She assured that the water residents from Upper Wavecrest receive, is safe to drink. “Water tests are done monthly and the results are tabled to the relevant standing committees.

“Efforts to improve the water to sections of Wavecrest, including the rehabilitation of the boreholes and identifying new possible borehole sites, by the municipality and Department of Water Affairs are ongoing.”

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