Residents irate over ‘safe water’-status

2016-05-12 06:00

THIS is absolute nonsense. You never know what you will get when you open the tap. Washing white clothes is a luxury - that is if you dare. I challenge AfriForum to come and drink the water that comes from our taps.

These are only some of the comments made by irate residents after reading the article Jeffreys Bay water is tops in the Kouga Express of Thursday, May 5.

According to Jacky Opperman from Snowdrop Avenue in Wavecrest, the water coming from their taps is not fit for human consumption - unless holidaymakers are here, then the water is clean.

“The water is brown in colour with unidentified hard bits and pieces and it smells. Not even our dogs want to drink the water,” she says. “We have no other choice than to buy bottled water on a regular basis and to take our washing to a laundromat at times. On average we buy 30l of water a week. This is only to drink, to cook and to brush our teeth and wash our faces with.

“Buying bottled water for household necessities has become so expensive that some pensioners in the area have to fill containers with water from the showers opposite Checkers in Da Gama Road.”

Doing washing is also a huge challenge. According to residents once the washing is in the machine, it is a gamble whether the clothes will come out clean or dirtier than before. “You just never know when the water will go.”

An elderly resident says that she washes her husband’s bowls trousers by hand in the bath - the same goes for all her other white and light in colour clothes.

According to Opperman, the water messes up their toilets and geysers and they need to bleach between the shower tiles to get rid of the brown stains caused by the water.

“Having visitors use the toilet is an embarrassment as it looks as though we did not flush the toilet,” she says.

Kouga Municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, previously said it is estimated that about R100 million will be needed for the upgrade and related infrastructure requirements at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works supplying water to Wavecrest residents.

“Basically, a whole new plant will have to be built. More boreholes will have to be drilled and connected to the plant. Another reservoir will also be needed. The pilot plant was built in conjunction with the Department of Water and Sanitation and we are still working with them to monitor how effective the pilot plant has been.

“It is unlikely that the department will be able to make funding available for a new plant in Jeffreys Bay in their next financial year.”

Readers’ comments

  • Irill Humphrey van Niekerk: I beg to differ. Just last week I did my weekly washing. Among the washing was a white top of mine . . . I was horrified when I took the washing out of my machine. The top is no longer wearable.

Also, when I put tap water into my cat’s water bowl, there is usually a sandy sediment and the water is a yellowish colour.

  • Pastoor Paul en Thea Trollip: Ons glo nie ’n enkele woord van die “agbare” Afriforum se druppeltjie-status nie. Ons bly in Beefwoodsirkel. Ek moet daagliks my wasgoed oor en oor was met ’n bottel Jik daarby soos my wasgoed bruin gevlek is. Verduidelik dit asseblief?

My ouers woon minder as 1km weg in Life Style . . . nooit ’n probleem van die aard nie.

Viva vir bottelwater.


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