Imbali goes days without water

2016-05-06 10:30

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Pietermaritzburg - Residents of Imbali, specifically those living in Unit BB, Dambuza and Sinathing, say they have gone three to four days at a time without water and are forced to go to other areas to fetch water.

“I am deeply disgusted at the situation as I have not seen a single water tanker in the area … The people of Unit BB are rate-paying citizens and do not deserve to be subjected to this kind of treatment,” said Sibanisethu Hadebe of Unit BB.

Hadebe said residents last had water flowing through their taps last Friday.

“But when the water does finally come through, the pressure is so low that we still cannot use it,” he said.

Hadebe said he and his family had been travelling to relatives in Bisley to get water.

Residents have lashed out at the city management and government over the situation, saying they would boycott the upcoming local elections.

“What angers us the most is the near proximity of local elections, which are characteristically filled with empty promises of change and reform,” Hadebe said.

Dambuza resident Eric Madlanga said they were now in their second week without water. However, their area was being serviced by water tankers from the municipality. “We are only receiving water from the water tankers, but the driver is not patient with us. We keep on running behind him,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the water pressure had been reduced in all areas as a means to help conserve water.

“Unfortunately, areas in higher placed areas will be affected the most by the reduced pressure. Additional water tankers have been obtained to assist with the high lying areas, but these cannot be at all places at the same time. However, the water section tries to balance the water distribution between the affected areas,” she said.

Madonda appealed to residents to use water wisely as it had been observed that in other areas “residents still continue using water unabated, yet the drought still persists”.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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