‘We have to pay for water tankers to return’

2019-05-29 06:02
Angry Henley residents during a protest on Monday.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Angry Henley residents during a protest on Monday.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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“If we call them back to bring us water we have to pay R250 to fill one jojo tank. If you do not have money to pay then you are in trouble because they will leave you with no water,” said one resident who did not want to be mentioned.

Zuma admitted that these areas have been experiencing water problems for years. He said this was due to an increase in the population over the years.

However, he emphasised that this time it was sabotage. “This problem started three weeks ago. Someone disconnected a pipe in one of the main reservor and that is why so many places have been without water. The water has been flowing since then. We are trying to sort that problem out. We have even hired a security guard in these reservors to make sure that something like this does not happen again,” he said.

He said they are working on a process to upgrade reservors so that they can be able to supply everyone with water.

Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo said the sabotage was done by someone who has the information about how these reservors work.

“For now all the reservors are sitting on seven percent and they need to be on at least 40% in order for them to be able to supply water. We have also discovered that valves on some of the reservors have been vandalised. We need to sort that problem out now before we can commit to anything,” he said.

The mayor said he will send two water tankers in the areas to supply water while they are trying to solve the problem.

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