Pump sta­tion re­paired af­ter van­dal­ism, theft

The Rep - - COUNTRY WATCH - ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

The Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CHDM) has con­firmed that the wa­ter short­age in zones 2 and 3 of Ez­i­be­leni was due to van­dal­ism of the pump sta­tion and cop­per wire theft.

CHDM com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Thobeka Mqamelo said this week that the prob­lem had since been re­paired and that pump­ing con­tin­ued.

To en­sure an eq­ui­table shar­ing of wa­ter, Mqamelo said CHDM was ex­plor­ing in­stalling more valves aimed at reg­u­lat­ing wa­ter to en­sure that areas closer to the hills re­ceived a sup­ply at agreed-upon in­ter­vals.

Last week, The Rep re­ported (“EFF lays wa­ter cri­sis squarely on CHDM”) that the party said it blamed the lo­cal au­thor­ity, which is re­spon­si­ble for wa­ter ser­vices, for the ex­tended out­ages.

Mqamelo said the areas which were closer to the hills, such as Unathi Mkefa and Chancele, were the first to run out of wa­ter when­ever there was a short­age.

“Dur­ing this pe­riod, CHDM de­ployed wa­ter tankers as im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tion. Wa­ter cart­ing was un­der­taken in th­ese areas in­clud­ing over week­ends. By its na­ture, the de­liv­ery of wa­ter through cart­ing can­not be done to the sat­is­fac­tion of af­fected house­holds as this has proven in­ad­e­quate due to de­mand.”

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity had is­sued no­tices to alert the com­mu­nity about wa­ter short­ages, in­clud­ing in Ez­i­be­leni.

Fur­ther com­mu­ni­ca­tion was con­ducted with the lo­cal coun­cilor, Andile Batyi, on the wa­ter is­sue and to en­sure proper man­age­ment of wa­ter cart­ing, she said.

“The coun­cil­lor has since con­firmed the dif­fer­ence that the cart­ing has made, though it is cer­tainly not enough. We em­pha­sise that wa­ter sources in the Ko­mani area are un­der pres­sure and as a re­sult, there is hardly any­thing in our stor­age sys­tem. The vol­ume of raw wa­ter com­ing through to be cleaned and dis­trib­uted is not enough and can not meet the de­mand.”

Mqamelo said the wa­ter lev­els in the reser­voirs barely reached a 10% mark on a daily ba­sis.

“We re­gret that this state is set to con­tinue for some time, due to the crit­i­cally low wa­ter lev­els af­fect­ing pres­sure to high-ly­ing areas. Our hum­ble plea is for con­sumers to be con­sid­er­ate when us­ing wa­ter as we all share this pre­cious re­source.”

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