‘Who pays for this wasted water?’

2019-03-13 06:00
The water leak on Amod Road, marked in red allegedly by a water board inspector, has reportedly been an ongoing issue for over a year. PHOTO: byrone athman

The water leak on Amod Road, marked in red allegedly by a water board inspector, has reportedly been an ongoing issue for over a year. PHOTO: byrone athman

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A CLEAR flow of water, stemming from beneath the road surface, continues to run down Amod Road as tax and rate payers in the area express their disgust at the complete disregard for a resource that is constantly being highlighted for its scarcity.

“This leak or flow of water that runs down this road has been present here for over a year now. The municipality has come once and ‘sorted it out’ but clearly they have not done a good job, seeing as how the water began to flow again a month later,” said Rakesh Cerpath, an employee of New Home Furnishers which is located just below the site of the water leak.

Cerpath said that he has reported the incident to the municipality on multiple occasions, and so have the residents of the road, but to no avail.

He recounted an incident three weeks ago where someone, thought to have been sent from the water board, had been seen on site marking the area, suggesting that they would come back and attend to the matter, but since then nothing has been done.

“We want to know whose pocket this wastage of water is affecting. Why is the municipality allowing this senseless wastage and not taking the matter seriously when we are reporting it,” asked Cerpath.

A domestic worker from a house near the affected area, whose employers have complained previously about the leak, said that she also witnessed a man assessing the site but since then has seen nothing done about the issue.

The municipality confirmed that they would attend to the matter at hand, with municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha directing queries to the necessary people.


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