Gushing water hurts PMB resident

2016-08-01 09:00
A Roy Campbell Drive resident’s driveway was completely flooded after the Napierville reservoir overflowed last week for the third time in a few months.

A Roy Campbell Drive resident’s driveway was completely flooded after the Napierville reservoir overflowed last week for the third time in a few months. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Napierville resident is being forced to reconstruct her driveway for the third time after a nearby reservoir overflowed again, causing damage to her property.

Linda Low of Roy Campbell Drive said she was angry after the Napierville reservoir overflowed and flooded her yard, for the third time this year, on Friday.

The force and volume of water had “washed away” Low’s tarred driveway twice previously.

Adding insult to injury, Low said she “slipped and fell” and injured her hip in an attempt to get to her vehicle.

“I am really tired of this. The amount of water lost here is totally unacceptable and it is running for hours on end,” she said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda confirmed the reservoir had overflowed after controlling mechanisms malfunctioned.

Although Madonda said the water department was “quick” to sort the problem out, Low said the damage had already been done.

“I have people driving past my house swearing at me, thinking it’s me wasting water like this. My car’s tyres are completely damaged with the rubble and water washing down against it,” Low said.

She said the leak had not been attended to after numerous calls to the municipality, and her greatest concern was the water being wasted during the current drought.

She said she reported the matter to the Msunduzi call centre and was told that the water department was aware of the leaking reservoir.

Low said she would have to level and re-tar her driveway for the third time this year.

Madonda said Low could claim from the municipality’s insurance department for the damage.

“The homeowner can approach the insurance department in case they need to claim, and they will be advised of the process and procedure to be followed,” she said.


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