Water crisis a concern at public meeting

2018-03-13 06:00
Ward 60 counsellor Mark Kleinschmidt reported back to his community on Thursday.PHOTO: aishah cassiem

Ward 60 counsellor Mark Kleinschmidt reported back to his community on Thursday.PHOTO: aishah cassiem

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“It is the City of Cape Town’s responsibility to provide the people with water, but somebody is profiteering and we are suffering.” These were the words of a concerned pensioner during a ward 60 public meeting held at Range Road Hall in Kenwyn on Thursday night. Concerned residents from Lansdowne packed the small venue to listen to councillor Mark Kleinschmidt’s report-back on the current water crises.

A brief discussion on the City’s water disaster plan was discussed on the night in the presence of various City officials, who took of their time to answer to the community. Kleinschmidt said 80% of the cases received by his office over the past few weeks have been water related. “A lot of our pensioners are also sitting with water issues or without water. This is a contentious issue and it is currently being investigated,” he said.

Members of the public were presented with information and educated on the City’s water disaster plan, which focuses on preservation restrictions including water rationing through throttling, advanced pressure management and reduction, proactive leak detection, treated effluent system augmentation, water management devices, enforcement and intensified awareness and education programmes­.

These measures are aimed at preventing the escalation to Phase 2 – disaster restrictions – and to prevent daily water use from exceeding predefined limits. The City reminded locals the Phase 2 trigger point is when the dams’ total capacity reaches 13.5%, also known as Day Zero. This is when water supply to most residential areas will be cut off. Daily water usage will also be controlled through water distribution points across the City.

Other important topics discussed were saving water, queuing, water distribution points, identified risk and risk migration, and plans of action in the area.

The meeting ran until late in the evening after anxious participants brought up more ongoing issues effecting residents.

Richard Bosman from the City’s Safety and Security Department and various other groups; including the Lansdowne Community Policing Forum (CPF), police and traffic officials; were also present to give their input on the community’s challenges. Other major issues brought up included camera control in the area, traffic, vagrancy and more.

The water discussion, which could not be fully covered on the day, continued at Groenvlei Primary School yesterday evening. Kleinschmidt urges locals to forward all questions and complaints to his offices for further attention.

V For more information, call Verita lesar on 021 762 4894.

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