Frustration grow as water woes continue for Chatsworth residents

Frustrations grow as water woes continue for Chatsworth residents

Residents in the southern parts of Durban who are without running water have shared their frustrations - with some saying the situation is making them feel more exposed to the coronavirus.

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Their taps have been dry for about a week after several pumps at the Northdene 3 Pump Station failed.

Fifty-five-year old Chatsworth resident, Shanora Manila said without access to supply in her own home, she fears for her safety and that of other residents, especially the elderly. 

"The COVID-19 everybody touches the same hose and pipes. We don't even know where the tank is bringing water from so we feel there will be more death coming through," she said. 

"Water is vital for everybody. If you come out there, there is a stampede. There are people fighting and grabbing. Some people come with 40 buckets and the next person can't get water. It's uncontrollable." 

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This man from Shallcross says water tankers are not reaching many areas.

He says their desperation is causing them to act unlawfully, " We have resorted to the point where we are even hijacking tankers because they are not coming to our areas. Our people are suffering and it hard to learn that tankers are rolling out everywhere else in Chatsworth." 

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Chairperson of eThekwini's Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee, Thanduxolo Sabelo says while they can't at this point say exactly when supply will be fully restored, technicians and other officials are hard at work to fix the problem. 

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"We are working around the clock to fix the broken pumps. We do have a contingency plan where we are providing water tankers to the communities."

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