Bushbuckridge spending fortune dealing with illegal connections

2017-02-03 12:38


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Bushbuckridge - Over the past eight months, the Bushbuckridge municipality in Mpumalanga has spent over R500 000 removing illegal water and electricity connections and making repairs.

Marite, Calcutta, Maviljan, and Malubane were the villages with the most illegal connections, municipal spokesperson Aubrey Mnisi said this week.  

The municipality had spent the money since June 2016. It was saddled with a huge bill due to stolen and damaged infrastructure and boreholes.

The municipality consisted of a number of villages, most of which got running water from communal stand pipes and did not have a consistent supply. Hence the illegal activity. 
Mnisi said the municipality was concerned about the tampering with and damage being done to infrastructure and its effect on the water supply. Plans and projects were in the pipeline to address the problem, he said.

Residents were urged to report criminal acts and illegal connections. The municipality had introduced by-laws and appointed 14 by-law enforcers.

It encouraged citizens to protect water infrastructure and ensure they were not denied their rights to clean water, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
New water reticulation projects and already started and others would get under this year and next.

At the same time, they were disconnecting all illegal connections and installing new meter readers and pipelines.

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