Much of Richmond spends 7th day without water

2015-06-29 09:37

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MANY of the Richmond community spent their seventh day without water yesterday.

“It started to trickle last night and we thought, ‘Oh, goodie’ and this morning had nothing,” said a frustrated Richmond resident.

The area has been without water since Monday afternoon last week.

The town centre is one of the worst affected areas with numerous complaints from residents.

The residents also complained of the unreliable supply from the water tankers.

In some areas the tankers have delivered water, but not every day and some areas have had no deliveries by water tankers.

On Tuesday last week, Umgeni Water, Richmond Municipality and uMgungundlovu District Municipality launched a R200 million water project that was supposed to ease the water problems in the area.

The project will also be supplying water to parts of the Msunduzi and Mkhambathini municipalities.

“We have survived by buying our water and we have a friend who is a farmer and has a bore-hole, so we have used containers to collect water from him,” said the resident.

“We have restricted washing and, in the loo only use one bucket of water. This [water shortage] is very disgusting,” she said.

Another resident was more direct in his criticism.

“They launched this project and they have encountered some problems. They cannot solve this within a few days. This is actually inefficiency and incompetence,” he said.

Last week, The Witness reported that schools were also left without water.

Mbali Mwandla of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality said last week their technicians were experiencing difficulties and water would be restored by Friday afternoon.

Attempts to contact her yesterday were unsuccessful

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