Residents complain water sent by tanker was ‘dirty’
Angry residents in Yonda Village, Whittlesea, have claimed they received dirty water from a Chris Hani Municipality (CHDM) tanker truck meant to bring drought relief.
Some community members claimed to have become sick from drinking the water.
DA ward 21 and 22 councillor Malibongwe Mapila said “the water showed excess residue after being boiled, which forced residents to pay R350 for 120-litre drums in order to have clean water transported by bakkie”.
He said Yonda, Oxton, Zweledinga and Mbekweni were without water for five months due to technical problems.
Mapila said the truck had delivered brown water to the community on three occasions in December.
He said he suspected that the water had been drawn from the Oskraal dam in Whittlesea, which, he said, was unsuitable for human consumption.
“Oxton residents have also been receiving unclean water since 2013, which caused residents to suffer from diarrhoea after drinking it.This led the community to hire a bakkie to bring clean water and the other villages followed suit.”
Mapila said the situation was especially difficult for community members who could not afford to pay for the water.
The water that had to be brought especially had to be paid for and this was very expensive.
“During hard times the community members are forced to rely on the contaminated water that flows under a local bridge, which is also a dumping site.
“We suspect that the water comes from one of the burst pipes from the Water Down Dam.
“This weekend, community members will be conducting a funeral service and there will be no water.”
On Monday, Mapila met with CHDM mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo.
The mayor said Chris Hani Municipality had no idea where the water was drawn but a follow-up would be made.
“The mayor said the four areas were experiencing minor technical issues which should have been addressed a long time ago.
She said the water sites would be visited by technicians this week.”
Mapila said the mayor mentioned that this was not the first incident where the municipality had been alerted to unsanitary water being delivered to communities.
“CHDM’s lack of knowledge on where the water is drawn reflects a lack of oversight from the municipality,” he said.