Port Edward and surrounding areas still don’t have a consistent supply of water. In several residential areas, where the water supply had been restored, renewed interruptions had occurred by noon on Tuesday.
On Monday residents in this area entered their third week without a consistent water supply, and both holidaymakers and residents are not amused. Hotels, other accomodation establishments and home-owners have been using swimming pool water to flush toilets, and are dependent on bottled water for consumption.
It is feared that public health and safety could be in danger, as clinics have been shut because of the lack of water. DA Councillor Dave Watson told the Times newspaper over the weekend that the combination of poor management and and an ageing infrastructure were to blame for the situation. “All we hear are that there are pipe bursts. Over the past 14 days, the water has come on for short periods of time, such as last night, when we had water for one hour at one am.” Watson has called for the water shortage to be declared a disaster to allow the army to provide much-needed water in tankers. He blamed the Ugu District Municipality for failure to alleviate the situation by delivering water. “The supply has been infrequent and unannounced, ” he told the Times.
The Ugu District Municipality, through its spokesman Sipho Khuzwayo, insisted there was a supply of water, but said that due to the technical nature of the problem, the municipality could not guarantee water over the school holidays. A guesthouse owner said he had to turn away numerous guests.