The Ugu District Municipality Water Services Department has opened a 24-Hour SMS line aimed at efficiently and effectively attending to customer water and sanitation queries.
At standard network rates customers can SMS the Customer Care centre on 44751 where they will receive acknowledgement of receipt and a reference number within an hour of receivng the SMS. “The SMS line is another modus operandi of reducing the call rate therefore reducing the inconvenience of longer waiting periods in call centre telephone queues.”
This line has been created two achieve two aspects of water services. Prevention of water loss where customers can report illegal water connections, broken meters, leaks and burst pipes. Service interruption which include water outages, poor water qaulity and low water pressure. “we are exploring available communication platforms that will assist us provide a more assessable communication interface. The sms line will also tremendously benefit our rural communities since the toll free number is only limited to land lines.”
When sending a service query, customers are urged to include their names, exact location of problem and a brief description of problem to ensure the fault is attended to within the service standard time. “A quality assurance official may contact customers to conduct a service quality assurance to measure the level of customer satisfaction and ensure quality output.”
Users of this SMS line will be entered into their community customer data base for regular updates on water supply and other services in their areas.
For regular updates on the pipeline upgrade, water and sanitation issues, communities are urged to engage with their ward councillors or call 08000 WATER (92837) or (039) 688 5830/36 or SMS 44751.
Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for local communities.
UGU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
For more information and media queries contact:
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
Mr Sipho Khuzwayo
(039) 688 5863 or 0798827502