Week-long water disruptions in the KZN district of iLembe has left residents peeved. Frustrated residents from KwaDukuza have been without water for the past seven days; from 2 June to 8 June to be exact.
LOADSHEDDING BLAMED FOR WATER DISRUPTIONS
The iLembe District Municipality notified residents of the water shortages on Friday and blamed load shedding for the water woes.
Residents of Stanger Manor, Glenhills, Townview, Windy Heights, Doctorskop, Stanger Heights, High Ridge, Oceanview, Indian Village, Sunny Park, Mbozamo and Doesburg have been without water since Friday.
“Please note that we are currently experiencing low pressure and water interruption due to low levels at the reservoirs, attributed to load shedding. A generator is online for the Kearsney Pump station and another generator for the Umvoti Balancing [pump station] will be commissioned today to assist with managing [load shedding],” stated a municipality notification.
The Mayor of the KwaDukuza Municipality, Siduduzo Gumede, apologised early in the week for “water supply challenges” in residential areas within the municipality. Gumede indicated water challenges were also the result of power trips at the Umvoti Balancing pump station.
“The load shedding which started on Monday has made [it] difficult for us to recover. Load shedding, as well as, the Shakaville pump station are the biggest contributors to us not being able to recover easily,” said Gumede.
“The municipality is expecting the Shakaville pump to be brought back [online] in order to assist in restoring water supply,” he added.
FRUSTRATIONS RUN HIGH OVER WATER DISRUPTIONS
Many residents of KwaDukuza took to Facebook to air their frustrations.
“Since last week Wednesday in orchid road in manor… you give us this month yet [most] of the time we have no water … becoming ridiculous now,” said a user.
“We still do not have water in Oceanview. Can you please give us an update?” said a Facebook user three days ago.
Another user said: “When will [the] water be back? Your so-call[ed] WhatsApp line has no response, Ellis Bengu also reads messages and refuse to respond. Do you guys have any idea or have you outsourced all work?”
“[Four] days without water, Mr Mayor you have obviously failed. [Please] resign. Don’t you have a backbone?” said another.