Vandals put pay to ablution facilities at Eastern Beach
The toilets and showers at Eastern Beach are out of order after vandals damaged water pipes and 20 ablution facilities at the popular party spot Ebuhlanti on Wednesday, forcing city plumbers to switch off the main valve to stop massive water wastage.
As a result, BCM lifeguards have been instructing bathers to wash off the salt and sand at homes after swimming.
The Daily Dispatch visited the beach on Thursday and saw about 180 bathers cooling off, some fed up by the inconvenience. A Dutywa family of three had to travel 147km back home before they could wash off after a day at the beach.
The Dispatch spotted the trio attempting to run the dry showers. “I am disappointed – I didn't expect this from a metropolitan area,” said Lupho Ngwenze.
BCM spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said: “We are aware of the vandalised ablutions at Ebuhlanti. The toilets use a system called flush-master, so once there is no flush-master in a toilet, automatically water will run uncontrollably.
“In an effort to control the loss of water we closed the isolation valve and also hired jet cleaners to clean the toilets. Furthermore, we have repaired the gates to close off access for people.”
Ngwenya said the city had hired addition chemical toilets, to be delivered from December 15 to augment the existing ablution facilities.
“We are in the process of advertising for the flush-masters and water pipes,” he said.
Among the beachgoers were pupils who had been bused in by their schools for some fun at the beach. King William's Town's Luytville Primary School had brought 38 Grade 7 pupils for an afternoon at the beach following a farewell party at Gonubie Hotel earlier.
Principal Ayanda NdaranaMpendu said the school had just been crowned national champions of a water conservation competition held in Johannesburg on September 28.
A DRY RUN: A bather at Eastern Beach tries to shower, but there is no water at the facility due to vandalism