THE iLembe District Municipality introduced a project for water and sanitation at a public meeting for ward 7 and 20 held at Etete Community Hall recently.The primary objectives of the Southern Regional Bulk Water and Sanitation Scheme are to provide sustainable bulk water and sanitation improvements, employment opportunities for local entrepreneurs and residents and to facilitate skills transfer at all levels in the communities of ward 7 and 20. The number of people expected to be employed from both wards is 76. The project consists of two phases: the first phase is the construction of a 1.6km long clear water rising main from the Honolulu Reservoir to the Etete Reservoir and replacement of an existing water reticulation pipe and construction of clear water pump station.The second phase consists of an 8.5km long sewer gravity trunk main, 0.6km long sewer rising main to Sheffield Waste Water Treatment Works and construction of a pump station.Addressing the community, Mayor Siduduzo Gumede highlighted that major problems that normally causes projects to fail are theft of material and employment issues. He further requested the community to stop vandalism of infrastructure because it is community development not municipal development.“iLembe District Municipality council is determined to minimise all water and sanitation backlogs in the communities of iLembe,” said Gumede.Closing the meeting, speaker of iLembe District Municipality Lucky Makhathini urged residents to treat the issue of employment fairly and in a democratic manner that will not cause community quarrels.“This month we are commemorating Water Month as a country. We encourage you to conserve this precious commodity. “Water has no substitutes so it’s important to use it sparingly,” said Makhathini. The iLembe District Municipality will be launching a number of water and sanitation projects in Ndwedwe and KwaDukuza Local Municipality. The iLembe District Municipality would like to request residents to report all vandalism or water leaks by calling 032 437 9371/9427 or 087 806 2324/2325. - Supplied.