Asbestos replacement project sees Hilton pipes run dry

2016-02-15 11:49
Sandra Jooste and Natashia Pieters watch Jan Jooste collect pool water for household usage after the family were stranded without water for five days.

Sandra Jooste and Natashia Pieters watch Jan Jooste collect pool water for household usage after the family were stranded without water for five days. (Ian Carbutt )

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Pietermaritzburg - Being without water for five days saw Hiltonians gather together to help each other, some even letting neighbours take water from their swimming pools.

Natasha Pieters of Dennis Shepstone Road said she and her neighbours had no choice but take buckets of water from the pool for daily use.

“We were surprised that there was no water for so many days and we were not getting any answers from the municipality. What else were we supposed to do?” said Pieters.

She said the neighbours would come with their buckets and take the water back home to boil before they used it.

“The worst was there were no water tanks sent to the area and we were left in the lurch without water. It is really ridiculous that the municipality did not say anything to us,” said Pieters.

The pool water was used for washing, bathing and flushing the loo.

“We had visitors during the five days and my husband also came out of hospital. It made it extremely difficult to cater for the guests’ needs and to maintain levels of sanitation as my husband recovered at home,” she said.

uMgungundlovu District municipality’s spokesperson Mbali Ndlovu said the asbestos cement replacement project the municipality is embarking on has resulted in a lot of water interruptions.

“At the moment, the contractor is currently replacing a pipeline in the vicinity in Hilton, and as a result, a lot of water interruptions are currently being experienced. ?The new pipeline is constructed very closely to the old pipe because the servitude is limiting them,” said Ndlovu. She added that the technicians and their teams are working to repair the frequently bursting pipes, which includes certain parts of the pipeline being switched off as and when necessary.

Ndlovu urged customers to report faults to the toll free customer care centre on 0800 864 911. She also urged residents to be patient while the asbestos cement replacement project continues.

“uMgungundlovu district municipality apologises profusely for the unfortunate water interruptions in an effort to ensure sustainable water provision in the near future,” said Ndlovu.

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