Over the past two weeks, water interruptions have become a contentious topic for several Newcastillians. But is the matter set to become worse?
Dr Dumisani Thabethe, head of communications at Newcastle Municipality, has said the Newcastle Municipality is looking at implementing Stage 1 water restrictions. He says this is due to the persistent drought and ongoing heatwaves.
“However, this matter needs to be tabled by both the local council and the Department Of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA).”
Furthermore, Dr Thabethe says as of today, October 31, certain areas within Newcastle will experience water interruptions. These suburbs include Lennoxton Central and Arbor Park, which is largely due to low water levels at the Hilldrop reservoir.
“As a warning, we want to indicate that we are currently getting raw water from Ntshingwayo (Chelmsford) Dam pipelines and from the Ngagane River pump station. While we have our own internal challenges with water leaks and burst pipes, we humble ourselves and request people to use water sparingly,” Dr Thabethe explains.
He further encourages people to avoid watering their gardens and washing cars with hosepipes.
Dr Thabethe says once the matter has been tabled by Cogta and the local council, a schedule will then by approved following further consultation with Cogta and the Department of Water and Sanitation.
This is a serious matter which is affecting not only Newcastle but many communities across SA. The municipality does, however, need to crack on, with regards to the reported burst pipes as there are allegedly many leaking pipes which have not been fixed in weeks.
Apart from this, we as Newcastillians need to realise that this solution starts with us. Protect water as if it were a loved one’s life, because without it every life you love will suffer.
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