eThekwini says Tongaat water restored amid protests by residents

eThekwini says Tongaat water restored amid protests by residents

Some areas in Tongaat, north of Durban started receiving water again this weekend. 

eThekwini says Tongaat water restored amid protests by residents

This follows the completion of the construction of the emergency water supply pipeline from Nyaninga Reservoir to Tongaat South Reservoir.

Areas currently receiving water supply include the King Shaka International Airport, Dube Tradeport Agrizone, Mount Morelands, Shortlands, Watsonia, Buffelsdale, Mithanager; Trurolands, Gandhinagar, Chelmsford Heights and part of the CBD. 

Many residents were left without running water after last month's floods. 

eThekwini municipal spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela says arrangements to rebuild the damaged Tongaat Water Treatment Plant are at an advanced stage. 

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"Some areas in Tongaat have already started to receive water; however, this is intermittent as it must be rationed between areas supplied by Nyaninga and Tongaat South Reservoir. We are working to ensure that the water treatment works is back on track." 

Meanwhile, a handful of residents held a protest over the same issue on Watson Highway at Brake Village on Monday morning. 

Resident Kovesh Nadasen, who lives in a block of flats in Tongaat, says even though they were promised a steady supply a few weeks ago, he only gets water for a few minutes a day or none at all. 

"The protest action is based on exactly that. A lot of empty promises from the council that have said we are going to get water, this is what is going to happen, the deputy mayor was in Tongaat. But nothing has surfaced or the promises that were made and the delivery that we got is actually chalk and cheese." 


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