‘Hell’ after 3 weeks of no water

2017-03-15 06:04
PHOTO: sourced It’s been three weeks of dry taps for Henley Dam residents

PHOTO: sourced It’s been three weeks of dry taps for Henley Dam residents

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HENLEY Dam residents area­ have been without water for more than three weeks.

Aubrey Madlala, the father of three school-going children, said his family life has been “a living hell” during this time while the municipality does not seem to care.

“It has been more than three weeks since we last had running water and it is frustrating because I have to run around asking for water from other areas.

“Even when I go to work I carry containers so that I can bring water back for my family.”

He said numerous attempts to get help from the municipality have proved fruitless.

“I have laid many complaints with the municipality and they just do not respond.

“They dispatched water tanks, but my home is far from the main road where these are dispatched and I am at work when these water tanks come to the area,” he said.

Another resident, Nkosi Malima, said he believed it was time the community got together and fought to get results about the situation.

“The way the municipality has been ignoring us makes me believe they just do not care. How do they expect a community to survive without water for so long?”

The area ward councillor, Malunisi­ Zondi, said the water outage was due to a planned shutdown by Umgeni Water weeks ago.

“As far as I know after the planned water shutdown it has been difficult to restore water into the system because reservoirs had run dry,” said Zondi.

He said council was working to address the challenges faced with regards to interim water tanks that were dispatched to assist affected areas.

“We had a meeting to address the issues involving the water tanks and we are trying to find viable solutions in dealing with the matter,” said Zondi.

Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder said there was no shutdown by Umgeni in the area and water outages there have been due to technical issues.

“Over the past weekend and for part of yesterday Umgeni Water­ had a pump-related problem at Kroenkloof pump station, or Vulindlela pump station as it is also known, which supplies parts of Henley Dam.

“These problems began on Friday and have since been resolved,” said Harichunder.

“Both pumps at the pump station are currently functional, but an electricity-related problem has since occurred and Umgeni Water is waiting for Msunduzi Local­ Municipality to restore power supply to the pump station,” he added.

Msunduzi Municipality could not be reached for comment.


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