DA and Ugu go head to head on water crisis

2017-03-09 06:00

THE Ugu District Municipality restored water supply in most of the affected areas in Ray Nkonyeni on Monday after residents were left without water for more than a week.

The water interruption came following the planned, total shutdown of the Bhobhoyi Water Treatment Works on 21 February.

The affected areas were from Hibberdene to Ramsgate and inland areas like Gamalakhe, Murchison and Bhobhoyi.

“The municipality’s technicians worked around the clock implementing corrective measures to resuscitate the supply systems and reinstate normal water supply,” said Ugu spokesperson France Zama.

“A positive percentage of recovery was reached on Monday evening. However, the high lying areas of Margate Ext 3 and Gamalakhe have not been yet restored,” he added.

He said technicians have prioritised these areas to ensure normal water supply resumes as soon as possible and that the municipality was continuously monitoring all supply systems to ensure full recovery of all reservoir levels.

“We have since suspended the planned shutdown at the plant until the system is fully restored. Consumers will be informed timeously when the shutdown resumes.

“We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused during this time,” he added.

The Democratic Alliance’s George Henderson, Ugu Chair and spokesperson wrote to the Fever on Tuesday afternoon saying that he had requested that Ugu could give feedback to council on the water crisis at the Ray Nkonyeni council meeting on Tuesday.

“The speaker agreed with my request, but when we reached the Special Item on the agenda we were told that Ugu couldn’t attend as they needed more notice,” said Henderson.

“They have gone into hiding again and it is clear that Ugu has lost it and don’t have answers, or worse, are not interested.

“To say we were all disappointed is an understatement of note,” he said.

Ugu said the statement issued by Henderson was “attention seeking and misleading”.

“It must be stated that as an institution we have a process under which we engage with stakeholders on various matters of interest and arrangements for a meeting with Ray Nkonyeni Municipality are at an advanced stage where a comprehensive account on this matter will be made,” said Zama.

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