Councillor demands action: Ongoing water supply shortage

2015-07-16 15:13

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“Residents of Despatch demand the immediate appointment of a private contractor to resolve the water supply shortages that have been plaguing the town for years.”

This is according to Councillor Francois Greyling who emphasized that this issue is also affecting clinics, old age homes, businesses and households.

“The municipality has proven incapable and incompetent to resolve the alarming scale of fresh water loss and supply interruption as well as the municipal plumbing strike action which is now causing human rights violations with respect to the right to basic sanitation and water.

“Regular strike action by the directorate and the municipality’s lack of political will to end the illegal practices is now getting out of hand.

“The past weeks the residents and ratepayers of Despatch have been plagued by water interruptions and burst pipes as well as dry taps for days on end owing to the municipality’s inability to address the issue they have faced for more than four years,” said Greyling.

According to him, most of the regular interruptions are totally avoidable and are due to lack of skilled personnel and overworked and overburdened plumbers.

“The major contributor is also the lack of automated shut valves at the reservoirs. This then results in pipes bursting and dry taps in usually the same high lying areas like Heuwelkruin, Reservoir Hills, Daleview and Khayamnandi.

He is leading the demand for the municipality to appoint private contractors. As part of his demand Greyling compiled a list which he stipulated what is needed, according to him, to end the ongoing water supply shortage. Here are some of the demands included in the document:

•Contractors should have all the skills needed to resolve the on-going water supply problem. They should have all the equipment, personnel and parts to repair the supply line and fix the backlog of leaks to prevent further losses

•That all critical vacancies in the municipal directorate be filled immediately

•That Despatch and Uitenhage municipal stores be stocked with general supply items.

“Failing to adhere to the demands of the residents within reasonable time for their basic human right of access to water will be met with the relevant escalation to the Human Rights Council of SA,” said Greyling

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