‘Water outages, yet water leaks are everywhere’

2018-03-15 06:00
Vagrants are using water dripping from a water leak in Margate to wash cars. PHOTO: supplied

Vagrants are using water dripping from a water leak in Margate to wash cars. PHOTO: supplied

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RESIDENTS of Port Shepstone have raised concerns about several water leaks which have reportedly been continuing in public areas for months.

Vagrants and self-employed car guards near the Margate beach front are, however, seeing the silver lining in the crisis and are using a water leak at the beach front to wash people’s cars.

This particular leak spews out of a dilapidated tanker construction near the tourism centre on Finnis Road.

This and other leaks have reportedly been pointed out to Ugu on numerous occasions.

A business owner on Oscar Borchers (sugarmill) Road in Port Shepstone said he has become despondent about a particular leak near his business that the municipality cannot seem to fix. “I have been reporting the leak for weeks and no one seems to care. Water is a precious commodity and we can’t just let it get wasted like that on a daily basis,” said the business owner. Another leak on Mitchell Drive leaves the roads wet and slippery, endangering motorists’ lives on a daily basis, according to residents.

“We have complaints of places without water all over the South Coast every day, yet thousands of litres of water are wasted here on a daily basis and Ugu is dragging its feet in fixing these leaks,” said a resident.

Ugu district municipality spokesperson France Zama said the municipality was working tirelessly to repair leaks. He said the one near Oscar Borchers Road in particular was repaired last Friday.

“According to our records the said leak was reported and attended to by our technicians. This job card for this repair was closed on March 2.

“And no other records show any report of this leak recently. We have however reported this break to the Water Services Department and will be attended to it as a matter of urgency,” said Zama.

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