Mthunzini residents up in arms as taps run dry

Mthunzini residents up in arms as taps run dry

Another community in KwaZulu-Natal is struggling with its water supply.

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Residents of Mthunzini on the north coast say they're frustrated after being without running water since Monday morning.

They say a local mine has been providing them with water.

The King Cetshwayo District Municipality says this is because they've been depending on an old scheme supplier - after uMhlathuze stopped supplying the area with water a few months ago.

READ: COGTA encourages saving as KZN water levels remain low

District spokesperson, Vusi Mahaye says on Tuesday - uMhlathuze agreed to restore supply.

A local resident says they have been told the reservoir is being filled up, but that the water has to be treated before it can be channelled to consumers.

"When I checked the water, which I do every morning, I saw that this was is not very good because of the pipe system. 

"It's probably sitting in the pipeline growing bacteria. We don't have water because our valves have been turned off."

Earlier this week, Newswatch reported on the persistent water problems on the south coast - with a former chairperson of the Port Edward Ratepayers Association describing the situation as dire. 

Authorities in Ugu ageing infrastructure and limited finances resources are factors.

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