Gamalakhe water crisis continues

2017-05-11 06:00
PHOTO: FacebookA water tanker delivers water in Masengeni.

PHOTO: FacebookA water tanker delivers water in Masengeni.

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FOR more than a week the Gamalakhe community have had water interruptions leaving most areas dry.

Residents say they don’t understand why the municipality is not attending to the problem because they are aware of the situation.

On Monday Masengeni Dutch and inner areas of Gamalakhe community members stood for hours with buckets on the Ray Nkonyeni Road main road, waiting for water tankers.

A Fever reporter saw that only one water tanker circulated the area filling buckets but only late in the day, and the supply was not sufficient to assist all the homes.

Ugu spokesperson France Zama confirmed that the municipality is aware of the crisis.

“We acknowledge that Gamalakhe has been experiencing water interruptions. This is attributed to burst pipes in the area, which are being attended to by our technicians.

“Also, the Gamalakhe system is not coping with demand.

“We will soon be commissioning the newly upgraded system so as to fully restore the system and ensure improved water supply,” said Zama.

In the interim, he said, Ugu has erected static tanks in strategic areas in liaison with ward councillors.

“These static tanks are filled regularly and this is also done in liaison with ward councillors.

“In a case where static tanks have not been put up, our water tankers deliver water. Ugu apologises for the inconvenience and we ask the community to bear with us while we undertake work to commission this project.”

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