Drinking water wasted

2017-06-08 06:00

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Amid the water crisis in Nelson Mandela Bay metropole, there is a massive water leak at the bottom of Cannon Street in Kabah, Uitenhage, where millions of litres of water have literally been flowing down the drain for the past eight months.

Logan Lorenzo Istain, a resident from the area said there is a constant issue with water supply to the informal settlement opposite the canal as well as to the Rosedale area, whilst pure drinking water is gushing from the pipe at the Cat Canal, which flows into the Swartkops River.

“We’ve seen many contractors coming and going since September last year. I don’t know what they have done, but obviously did not fix it.

“It really does not look if they care about the drinking water that gets wasted here,” said Istain.

A few metres away from where the water gushes from a blue pipe into the canal, there is a huge hole which contractors made months ago apparently to fix a water leak.

“Look at that! Look how dangerous it is. There are no barricades, nothing to warn pedestrians or vehicle drivers of the huge hole which is partially in the road.

“We as residents feel neglected. We are made aware of water restrictions and asked to report cases like this. This leak has been reported, but it does not get fixed. Look at it, imagine how much water has been lost over the past seven months. This is not right,” said Istain.

Unattended excavation

Employees at the Middle Street Clinic, which is next to the excavation which was made months ago to fix a water leak, said they were scared that a child or elderly person might fall into the hole.

“It is deep and a person definitely will get injured. There are no traffic signals or tape to warn people of this huge hole. It has been like this for months. Thank the Lord there have been no injuries yet,” said one of clinic workers.

Ward councillor Tyronne Adams said, “It is absolutely shocking! I know about the massive water leak. Contractors have attended to the problem, but I do not know why it still is not fixed.

“Yes, the excavation in Cannon Street
poses a threat to road users and pedestrians. Apparently a tender process is causing the uphold,” said Adams.

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