Neg­li­gence sees mil­lions of litres of wa­ter wasted

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

THE City of uMh­lathuze has a ‘save wa­ter’ campaign in place, urg­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers to utilise wa­ter wisely - but mil­lions of litres have gone down the drain ow­ing to the neg­li­gence of mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees.

This claim was made by com­mu­nity mem­bers at Udon­dolo Re­serve, near Mat­shana in Ward 24.

Res­i­dent, Tholu­muzi Sikhakhane said two weeks ago work­ers rup­tured a pipe while they were dig­ging a trench to de­velop new wa­ter in­fras­truc­ture in the area.

‘Af­ter real­is­ing the dam­age they had done, they sim­ply aban­doned their work and wa­ter is still gush­ing out now.

‘We were hop­ing they would return on the next day to re­pair the damaged pipe, but they did not.

‘Wa­ter is flow­ing down into the bush, and I think they thought no one would no­tice, as it is on the out­skirts of our lo­ca­tion.

‘We phoned wa­ter de­part­ment to come and fix the bro­ken pipe but noth­ing has hap­pened.

‘We are now con­fused. We don’t know what to do,’ he said on Wed­nes­day.

City Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Mdu Na­ca­lene un­der­took to send plumbers to re­pair the bro­ken pipe.

Muzi Zin­c­ume

Wa­ter has been flow­ing from the bro­ken pipe for days

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