Residents left in the dark over month long water supply crisis

LEEUWFONTEIN – Residents of Leeuwfontein outside Marble Hall are livid that authorities have left them in the dark on lack of water supply in the area for over a month now.

The residents said what worried them most was that there had not been anyone from the municipality to inform them on what the real problem was.

They claim that they have not had water for over seven weeks and the situation was worsened that not even water tankers were sent to the area as intervention.

Water supply in the area had been problematic for years and at some point the residents took to streets in fierce protests to register their plight.

“We are really facing a serious challenge in this community. Our government seems not to care about us. Not even a single word has come from them on what the problem is. We continue to share water with animals at nearby streams and wells. How do they just leave us in this situation amid the Coronavirus pandemic when they say we need to regularly wash our hands. What is going on this community is a serious violation of the people’s rights. We need help,” said a group of residents who were gathered at a stream to fetch water.

Some residents said they were forced to buy water from those selling and the exercise put a serious strain on their pockets.

“I am forced to buy from those who sell water. It is costing us too much because some of us have not been working since the COVID-19 lockdown. We can’t do anything without water in our houses. Perhaps if we had explanations from the municipality it would be better. We are left in the dark to suffer on our own. This government does not care about its people. Why are we not at least getting the water trucks from the district municipality to help us,” cried a group of residents.

Thapelo Motseo

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