Laudium residents threatens protest over water shortage

2021-Sep-25   06:46

Laudium residents threatens protest over water shortage
Residents of Laudium in Pretoria have threatened to take to the streets again if the water shortages in the area are not resolved urgently.
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- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

Residents of Laudium in Pretoria have threatened to take to the streets again if the water shortages in the area are not resolved urgently.

A ward councillor in the area, Mohamed Essop, said the community has been without water since last week.

“Rand Water was blaming Tshwane and Tshwane was blaming Rand Water. The water came back and it started again on Friday. We have been suffering without water again and right now we have no water at all,” said Essop.

He said the city and Rand Water are playing a blame game while residents are struggling without water.

“We are giving them until today to sort it out. If they don’t the community will go back to the streets and they will stay there until the problem is addressed,” said Essop.

There are parts of Atteridgeville, Laudium and Olivenhoutbosch that are still experiencing water shortages.

City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality confirmed that high lying areas are still affected by water shortages.

“The reservoirs in high lying areas like Atteridgeville and Laudium are struggling to get there [to recover]. The reservoir at Mnandi has got a similar challenge,” MMC for Utility Services in Tshwane, Phillip Nel, said. 

“I have my team in the field monitoring the situation. This morning we had some water in the Laudium reservoir but that was consumed very quickly when the residents woke up and started using the water,” he added.

Nel said Rand Water is not in a position to provide more water in the short term due to the management of the water supply system.

Rand Water confirmed last month that it is implementing water curtailment measures in the City of Tshwane.

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