Residents of kwaZayeka in Sweetwaters are being forced to get water from a nearby stream because of municipal water outages.
They have been without water for the past two weeks and told The Witness that they do not even have water tankers coming to the area to supply them with water.
The residents said sometimes water only comes on at around 2 am, but by the time they wake up there is nothing in their taps again.
Hendry Maduna said it is tough because they have to travel a long distance to get water from the stream. He said they do not know what is happening and they do not know how long they will have dry taps.
“We do not like the water that we get from the river because we believe that it is not 100% as we are sharing it with cows but we do not have a choice. We have also tried and connected a pipe from the tap to the JoJo tank that we have in the yard just in case the water comes back at night or when we are not at home,” he said.
Another resident Nobuhle Ndlovu said: “This is not life. Imagine going to the Christmas holidays with no water. Everyone will be at home and where are we going to get water from? We cannot afford to have dry taps.
“If they are failing to fix the problem they must send water tankers because we cannot rely on the water that we are sharing with the cows, we are going to get sick,” she said.
Ward councillor Sbusiso Mtshali said he is aware of the problem and he has reported it to the municipality. He said he has asked the municipality to send a plumber to have a look so that they can know what the issue is and try and fix it as soon as they can.
“The water shortage problem in Sweetwaters is something that is going to last for some time.
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“The problem is that the population has grown and the infrastructure is old and it can no longer cater for all the people in the area.
“All these people need services and it results in illegal connections which also contribute to causing water shortages in other areas.
“The water pipes that we currently have do not have enough pressure to supply water to all the community. The community just need to be patient because this problem is not going to end now,” he said.
Mtshali denied that there are no water tankers. He said the water tankers come at least twice a week to supply the community with water.