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Palm Ridge takes on the municipality regarding service delivery

This is, however, not a permanent solution and the municipality will have to do something soon - as water is something nobody can live without.

PALM Ridge residents are struggling to get the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to help them after going without water for weeks.

Residents have been without water since Friday, March 17, ironically during the period that South Africans celebrated Human Rights Day, World Water Day and the EMM’s fourth Pan African local climate solutions for Africa congress #LoCSAFRICA.

“Although there had been various technicians and engineers attending to the issue, (I took it upon myself to contact them directly for information) the community has been, and is still, left with no means of knowing what resulted in the situation, when a restoration period can be expected and where and when the community will have access to water tankers. There is a complete breakdown in communication between the city and residents,” says Jordan Lotriet, ward councillor for the area.

Lotriet has organised water tankers for the area and tried to inform the community of where they will be stationed for them to collect water – often with only one water tanker being available to serve the whole area of Palm Ridge.

“Responses which I had managed to obtain from the EMM over the week – with each day there being a new reason as to why there is no water – included: issues with the valves; water levels at the reservoir being too low [and] having to be re-filled several times, and vandalised pipes,” added Lotriet.

Given the severity of the situation and the lack of communication from the city, the community rallied together to seek a solution. With the assistance of operation hydrate (#operationhydrate) on the evening of Saturday, March 25 and Sunday morning, March 26, water was delivered from house to house to most areas in the community.

This is, however, not a permanent solution and the municipality will have to do something soon – as water is something nobody can live without.

The RECORD contacted the EMM for comment, but they have not responded to our requests.

 

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