Msunduzi drowning in R367 million water debt

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A worker demonstrates the size of the award-winning concrete sleeve constructed on Town Hill to house a new water pipeline for Umgeni Water.
A worker demonstrates the size of the award-winning concrete sleeve constructed on Town Hill to house a new water pipeline for Umgeni Water.
Ian Carbutt

Negotiations are underway between the Msunduzi Municipality and Umgeni Water over an outstanding debt of more than R367 million.

While the discussion over how the City will pay the debt continues, Umgeni spokesperson Shami Harichunder has warned that should an arrangement not be reached Umgeni could reduce the City’s water supply by five percent. It is not yet clear how Umgeni would go about doing this and what areas would be affected.

Harichunder said the option to reduce the water supply was part of the bulk water supply agreement between Msunduzi and Umgeni.

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