Res­i­dents com­plain wa­ter sent by tanker was ‘dirty’

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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.

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