Drinking water down the drain

2016-08-25 06:00
=Scheepershoogte reservoir seen at the back with the water flowing past Gillespie Street waste drop-of site.

=Scheepershoogte reservoir seen at the back with the water flowing past Gillespie Street waste drop-of site.

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It sounds like a waterfall. And it has been like that for nearly a year now. Millions of litres of drinking water flowing down the drain from the Scheepershoogte reservoir in Uitenhage.

“Water restriction once again is looming. And we know that 40% of the water allocated for Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole gets lost through leakages. This is not a crisis, this is a disaster,” said Councillor Pieter Terblanche from Uitenhage.

“Yes, we know about the Scheepershoogte problem. It’s been like that for the past year. We’ve reported it numerous times and each time the answer is ‘sorry we do not have valves’ or ‘sorry there is no plumber to assist’.”

Apart from the water streaming from the reservoir, the lid on top of the reservoir has been removed and there is no security fence.

The water flows from the reservoir, down the valley between Valleisig and Scheepers-hoogte, past the Gillespie Street waste drop-off site, underneath Union Avenue towards the polluted Swartkops River.




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