No water for a week

A municipal machine stood at the site where workers were digging on Sunday afternoon to try and restore the water supply to Welverdiend.
A municipal machine stood at the site where workers were digging on Sunday afternoon to try and restore the water supply to Welverdiend.

Some residents of Welverdiend have been stuck without any water for the past week.

‘This has now got to stop. I last had water in my house on Wednesday, 4 October. I haven’t had a bath since. They keep on promising to help us but no one seems to know what the cause of the problem is,’ said Ms June Wallace, one of Welverdiend’s many upset residents, late on Tuesday afternoon.
This pensioner and widow who lives in 1st Avenue and is just one of a number of residents who do not have any water in their taps. Although a limited number of Jojo tanks have been put up in Welverdiend to help during such times, there are not enough of them to help everyone.
Some people, like Wallace, do not have the strength to carry large volumes of water to supply basic needs until the
water supply has been restored.
The water supply was restored to the lower-lying areas of the town on Monday afternoon but higher areas, where people like Wallace live, were still dry on Wednesday.
To add fuel to their discontent, the residents were not getting the relevant feedback from the municipality.
Several residents asked for a meeting with the MMC (member of the mayoral committee) responsible for water, sanitation and gas, Mr Mziwakhe David Dlhamini, at the Welverdiend Police Station at 12:00 on Sunday to get an update on the progress being made but he did not turn up.

‘We waited for him to come back to us but he never kept his word. The municipality does not seem to care about the ratepayers in Welverdiend,’ lamented another resident, Mr Russell Smith.
The Herald asked the Merafong City Local Municipality for their comment on Tuesday. More specifically, it wanted to know what steps were being taken to secure water infrastructure against illegal miners, for example, as this is a problem that has led to water shortages in Welverdiend before.
‘Numerous burst pipes led to the problems that were experienced. The design of the reticulation system is such
that the supply could not be normalised before all the faults on the system were repaired. The South African Police
Services have been informed of the challenges the municipality is experiencing and is currently assisting where possible to curb the vandalism related to illegal mining,’ a municipal spokesperson answered.

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