Following an extensive period of an almost constant interrupted water flow to certain parts of the district, already fuming residents might still not be prepared for the latest shocker; alleged sabotage of UThukela District Municipality’s life-giving water supply system.
The information about alleged sabotage was received at the stakeholder engagement meeting held in Gorton, near Winterton on Sunday.
The municipality was alerted about allegations of suspected tampering with water provision by saboteurs. This claim was recently brought to the attention of the District Mayor Cllr AS Mazibuko, councillors and officials.
The source who raised the matter with the leadership indicated that the matter had to be further investigated. The source expressed concern about the municipality’s water system failing its residents as they referred to a terrible situation continuing to take a turn for the worse.
They stressed that public representatives had to bear insults from community members at times of water shortages, but that it was something beyond their control. The pressure due to the water shortage is so huge that even municipal water tankers can’t keep up with the need.
According to the source, assistance in the form of, among others, boreholes as part of a water provision back-up and augmentation plan were not bringing alternate relief. In spite of the fact that Estcourt is an area with an abundance of water, yet people in the area were severely suffering because of tampering in the water system.
“Water tampering is not only unique to Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality, but it is a problem across the district. By now residents and ratepayers have become used to regular updates on service interruptions and inconveniences, which are all deliberate acts,” said Mayor Mazibuko.
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From repeated cries for help, it is evident that the crisis arising from off-and-on water provision to rural and urban areas has become unbearable for affected users, who are getting increasingly impatient about constant water interruptions.
At one of the community meetings, it was learnt that some users in the district have to go without water for two weeks at a time, necessitating the securing of alternative sources for household purposes and personal use.
The district municipality urges members of the community to please come forward with the information that might lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of the perpetrators. Water tampering seemingly remains a worrisome factor to the entire community.