Upper Montrose residents fed up with water woes

2016-06-28 10:28
Residents in Montrose said their driveways have been dug up and left in this condition by municipal workers who had fixed a burst pipe.

Residents in Montrose said their driveways have been dug up and left in this condition by municipal workers who had fixed a burst pipe. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Upper Montrose residents said they have had their patience tested “over the limit” and demand the municipality finish its work properly.

Frustrated by burst pipes and numerous water cutoffs, the residents said they have tried to be understanding.

“But when workers dig up the driveway and leave it in such a condition, we cannot be any more understanding,” said one of the irate residents, who asked not to be named.

He said residents in upper Montrose understood the water situation and that their area will be the first to get cut off and the last to receive water.

“We understand all that but now it is time for the municipality to start understanding too,” he said.

He said a burst pipe on Anne Stafford Drive last week was left running for more than 12 hours.

“We reported the burst at 9.30 pm but when we woke up the next day the water was still gushing out and down the road. We reported it again at 5 am and 8.30 am,” said the resident.

However, once the pipe had been fixed, residents were left with a gaping hole in the middle of their driveway and no access to get into their yard.

“The homeowner had to cover his own driveway at 7 pm last Friday night just to get their vehicles into the yard,” he said.

The resident, who also belongs to the community watch group, said they often receive messages from angry members complaining about the shoddy workmanship.

He said the community is patient with regards to water and the lack of it but “we become angry to see that amount of water being lost through a burst pipe”.

“Why aren’t these burst pipes prioritised by the municipality? Then we are told to use water sparingly or we will be left without water,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality did not respond by the time of going to print.

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MOTORISTS driving on Copesville Drive believe the municipality should be monitoring the communal taps in the area.

Although the taps service the entire community, one motorist said the water is not used wisely.

“Every time we drive past, we see the taps left open even when no one is there. This is a huge wastage and that contributes to our water losses,” he said.

However, Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the taps can only be repaired “when parts become available”.

“We understand the concern but we urge the community to switch off taps when they are done using them,” Madonda said.

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