Reservoir in bad condition

2017-04-27 06:01
The plant was damaged in 2015 and hasn’t been repaired.

The plant was damaged in 2015 and hasn’t been repaired.

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WITH water shortages and water interruptions and the recent water march to Ugu District Municipality, the DA continues to discover issues that contribute to the unhappiness of the community regarding the water supply in rural and urban areas.

DA caucus leader Leonard Ngcobo spoke to the Fever about the Assisi Water Plant in the KwaNdelu area, which falls under the Umzumbe District Municipality.

Ngcobo said the plant has not been looked after for two years, which often affects the community at times.

Ngcobo said a problem at the plant was discovered at a recent oversight visit by the DA.

“The water plant is meant to service more than 1500 residents of Umzumbe, however, residents are forced to travel more than two kilometres to collect water from a river because of the state of the plant.”

He said last Friday he wrote a letter to Ugu Mayor Mondli Chiliza addressing the plant issue and is waiting for a response.

“To mention a few issues, which I highlighted in the letter, the plant is short-staffed, it is covered with grass, the fence is damaged and inside the ceiling is broken.”

Ngcobo said another issue, which dates back to 2015, is the damage to the actual reservoir structure. “The reservoir was damaged when a truck drove into it, but it has not been repaired. This affects the storage capacity of this reservoir. The reservoir can only store 43% water, which leads to water supply shortages to some parts of the community when there is a high demand.”

Ngcobo said it is the responsibility of Ugu District Municipality to ensure the facility is maintained.

“Ugu District has clearly failed to fulfil Section 27 of the Constitution, which stipulates the right to access sufficient water. For two years the district has experienced water cuts and shortages. The Democratic Alliance will continue to fight for the rights of all residents in the Ugu District to ensure they have access to sufficient water and proper sanitation,” said Ngcobo.

Ugu spokesperson France Zama said they are unaware of any correspondence sent to the mayor regarding the water plant so can’t comment until the said letter has been received.

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