‘Dry’ residents: City doesn’t care

2015-06-19 09:42
A woman walks with a bucket of water on her head in Mayor’s Walk. There has been intermittent water in the area for a week and locals have been forced to find other means of getting water.

A woman walks with a bucket of water on her head in Mayor’s Walk. There has been intermittent water in the area for a week and locals have been forced to find other means of getting water. (Jonathan Burton)

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A WEEK of water woes for city residents have resulted in some saying they have “given up” on the municipality.

Residents in the city centre say their taps have been dry since Saturday with water returning for just a few hours a day. They join other areas such as Prestbury and Napierville, that have also been left dry.

And while they all accept there are infrastructure issues been faced by the council, they all believe they have been poorly informed and inadequately supported by the city council.

Westpoint flats resident Jane Derengi said when the water returned “it was filthy and dirty”.

“Our entire block of flats at the corner of West and Burger streets doesn’t have water. We have been living out of drums of water since Saturday,” said Derengi.

Derengi says she and her neighbours have stopped calling the municipality “since nobody cares to even answer the phones”.

“It’s the same with the police and the municipality, we have given up. Nobody cares. We just wait for when they decide to give us what we pay for,” she said

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