Water springs forth

2018-04-03 06:01
It is reported that people drop-off their water bottles and collect them later. From left are Ishmael Samsodien Isheeta Jennifer and Raheem williams. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

It is reported that people drop-off their water bottles and collect them later. From left are Ishmael Samsodien Isheeta Jennifer and Raheem williams. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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An unknown water spring in Woodstock is reportedly becoming popular.

This spring, located along Malin and Parks roads in Upper Woodstock, has two helpers at a time to help people fill up their containers.

Ishmael Samsodien says said he has been helping people get water from this spring for the past 12 years, but with the current water crisis more people have started coming.

“More people have been coming here since the beginning of the year. This water is clean but we do not advise people to drink it unless they boil it first. It can be used for all household uses because it is natural water straight from the mountain. People have responded positively since it has become popular. They are generous to us,” says Samsodien.

He says the spring is believed to be more than 100 years old but no-one ever really noticed it until the drought hit.

Samsodien says in previous years they would have a few people saving water to avoid high bills, but the spring was never as busy as it is now.

He says an average of 50 people come to the spring each day. Some queue and others drop off their containers and come back later­.

“They tip us well. On average days we walk away with close to R100.”

This is their main source of income. They said they decided to take advantage of the spring after struggling to find jobs.

“I moved from Bishop Lavis to live in Woodstock because at least I could get something to eat at the end of the day. I just hope the City of Cape Town will not do what they did in Newlands and pose restrictions for this spring in future,” he says.

When the water scarcity in the City worsened a few months ago, the City introduced water collection restrictions for the New­lands spring.

People’s Post witnessed three people coming to collecting water. One of them, Raheem Williams, says he started visiting the spring about two months ago and he likes the water.

Williams says he uses it for everything except drinking. “I visit this spring twice a week to collect water for my family. I am glad these guys dare the harsh weather to help us for free. They don’t charge you a cent for filling your containers but we just tip them. They have to put something on the table at the end of the day. It is only fair to thank them with whatever you want.”

He also raised his concern about the City’s likelihood of restricting the spring. V Continued on page 3.

An unknown water spring in Woodstock is reportedly becoming popular.

This spring, located along Malin and Parks roads in Upper Woodstock, has two helpers at a time to help people fill up their containers.

Ishmael Samsodien says said he has been helping people get water from this spring for the past 12 years, but with the current water crisis more people have started coming.

“More people have been coming here since the beginning of the year. This water is clean but we do not advise people to drink it unless they boil it first.

“It can be used for all household uses because it is natural water straight from the mountain. People have responded positively since it has become popular. They are generous to us,” says Samsodien.

He says the spring is believed to be more than 100 years old but no-one ever really noticed it until the drought hit.

Samsodien says in previous years they would have a few people saving water to avoid high bills, but the spring was never as busy as it is now.

He says an average of 50 people come to the spring each day. Some queue and others drop off their containers and come back later­.

“They tip us well. On average days we walk away with close to R100.”

This is their main source of income. They said they decided to take advantage of the spring after struggling to find jobs.

“I moved from Bishop Lavis to live in Woodstock because at least I could get something to eat at the end of the day.

“I just hope the City of Cape Town will not do what they did in Newlands and pose restrictions for this spring in future,” he says.

When the water scarcity in the City worsened a few months ago, the City introduced water collection restrictions for the New­lands spring.

People’s Post witnessed three people coming to collecting water.

One of them, Raheem Williams, says he started visiting the spring about two months ago and he likes the water.

Williams says he uses it for everything except drinking. “I visit this spring twice a week to collect water for my family. I am glad these guys dare the harsh weather to help us for free. They don’t charge you a cent for filling your containers but we just tip them. They have to put something on the table at the end of the day. It is only fair to thank them with whatever you want.”

He also raised his concern about the City’s likelihood of restricting the spring.

“They must just leave it alone. It has been here for a long time and they never did anything to conserve the water. Why would they start now? This is so helpful to our community.”

Ronel Schaeffer from Zonnebloem says at first she was more worried that the spring was a leak from a municipal drainage pipe, but if it is a spring she fully support its use.

She said she hoped the City would investigate and confirm it is not the municipal water that runs day and night for a very long time.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security and social services, says the City is aware of a spring in Woodstock but cannot confirm this is the one referred to here.

“The City is aware of a spring on the corner of Gympie and Cornwall streets in Woodstock. We cannot confirm if this spring and the one referred to at Milan and Park streets have the same source. However, we can confirm that the latter has not been sampled or analysed.”

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