DA notes contingency plans on water supply shutdown

Bosman Grobler MPL

Spokesperson for COGTA

The DA notes the contingency plans put in place for the planned water outages in different municipalities in Mpumalanga during the month of October 2014.

The DA is aware of the following municipalities whom have given notice of these dry tap periods.

  • The Ga-Nala (formerly Kriel) in the Emalahleni Municipality, who announced a water outage from 29 September 2014 to 17 October 2014.
  • The Msukaligwa local municipality, who announced a water shutdown from 29 September 2014 to 9 October 2014.

Both of these municipalities need to do urgent maintenance and repairs to the water supply infrastructure in the municipality and have announced contingency for the period of water shutdown. Click here to see the plan for Msukaligwa, and here to see the plan for Ga-Nala.

While the DA appreciates the contingency plans in place, the following are very worrying factors:-

  • Municipalities should not have to go to the extreme of a complete water shutdown, instead of keeping up with routine maintenance of water supply infrastructure.
  • The fact that MEGA was mandated to work on bulk water projects in the Emalahleni Municpality and has spent large amounts of money over the period of 2 years, the infrastructure is still failing.
  • The forecast of an entire community being without water for 21 days.

The DA will keep a close eye on happenings in these municipalities during the time of the water outage. We will specifically be looking after the community’s interest when it comes to the following:

  • Water shortages due to lack of implementation of contingency plans,
  • The increased risk for corruption with the delivery of water,
  • Sanitation issues in suburbs, at schools and community centers during this time.
  • The potential for total chaos due to non-delivery during this time.

The DA will keep government accountable for the basic services it is mandated to deliver to citizens of the province of Mpumalanga.