Sudden water outages in parts of eThekwini unacceptable

Issued by Hlengiwe Shozi – DA EThekwini Councillor
26 Jul 2020 in Press Statements
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in eThekwini has written to the Deputy City Manager (DCM) Lawrence Pato following sustained hours of water outages in most parts of the city.
From Wednesday, 22 July 2020, many parts of the city experienced water outages without any prior notification to residents.
This is completely unprecedented and shows a huge disregard for the wellbeing of our people. Residents should have been informed in advance about the planned water interruption to prevent any inconvenience.
Areas that have been affected the most include Phoenix, Tongaat, Durban North, Newlands, KwaMashu and Umhlanga.
Whilst some areas have been restored after almost two days, many remain without water.
We have since written to the DCM asking him for urgent intervention on this matter. With thousands of people being affected by the water outages, the city must urgently prioritize the repair of the two large pipes which are said to be affected in the northern aqueduct.
Our hardworking public representatives continue to liaise with the municipality to ensure that water tankers are deployed in affected areas.
We will continue to fight for the people of eThekwini and for stable water supply during this period of Covid-19. It is unacceptable that residents go without water during such a critical time as we are all expected to regularly wash our hands as part of efforts to combat this deadly virus.