Trudie Naudé, councillor for Ward 38, Krugersdorp took note of the complaints of numerous residents who have been without water for nearly four consecutive days.
She attributed the problems to a Rand Water reservoir that ran empty and then a pipe that burst in the area. But the problems go much deeper than that.
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Theuns Kotzé, a resident of the area, said there are different places where water has been seeping through the road, and numerous pipe bursts over the weekend which they tried to report, but with no answer from the municipality’s side.
“Don’t they [the municipality] work during weekends? You phone and email the council but there’s no service. Yes, it’s time to stand up, Cape Town has no water, here clean drinking water is running down the drain.”
Kotzé said there are so many people who are unemployed, why not utilise them to fix the water issues, or at least to answer phones.
It’s clear the water pipe system needs an upgrade since it is very old and the town’s population has grown to such an extent that the lines cannot take the strain of the demand for water.
“Zon, Job, De Korte, and Tanner Streets, and Rustenburg Road, were the worst affected,” said Naudé. “Van Heerden Hof in Flemming Street was also affected. It’s a shame the people of Krugersdorp West have to suffer like this,” said Naudé.
“The problem started on Sunday, and municipal workers investigated the same day, but the issues have still not been sorted out. I walked through Tanner Street and Herbert Avenue to see if anything was wrong and spoke to some of the residents, who were visibly upset. I hope the problems will be sorted out speedily.”
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