Water woes disrupt festivities

2017-01-12 06:01

THINGS came to a head during the December holidays when persistent water shortages saw some areas on the South Coast go for days without a single drop.

By midday last Tuesday some sections of Ramsgate still had no water.

Angry residents took to social media to express fury over what many called “shoddy service delivery by Ugu District Municipality”. Others disputed their December statements saying they have been over-billed for a service they could not access.

In December, Ugu workers, aligned to the South African Municipality Workers Union (Samwu), embarked on a strike over policy pay-outs. They allegedly tampered with water and sanitation infrastructure, leading to a disruption in supply in some areas.

When contacted Ugu spokesperson France Zama said the festive season disruptions were largely due to high demand, which ultimately had an adverse impact on the water system.

“As of Friday 6 January, remark-able progress had been made in resuscitating our water network to cope with the demand as most of the areas which had no water were restored.

“All affected areas during the festive season have been fully restored,” said Zama.

Although Zama said a normal water supply was to resume in Ramsgate on Tuesday, some residents in the area were still without water at the time of going to press yesterday.

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