By Willie Louwrens, DA Councillor, Matlosana, Klerksdorp:
The Democratic Alliance in Matlosana, North West is concerned that thousands of litres clean, drinking water is going to waste due to negligence and poor maintenance from the Matlosana Municipality.
Today, Friday 14 August 2015, residents of Stilfontein woke up without any running water in their homes. This follows after water started to spurt out at a pipe at the Mooi Street Reservoir in Stilfontein West. Water started leaking late on Thursday afternoon already.
The DA warned the council numerous times on the maintenance of both the Mooi Street Reservoir and Jan van Riebeeck Avenue reservoirs. The latter supplies Stilfontein East with water.
Lack of fencing, infrastructure faults, the telemetry system and the threat water related diseases are only a few of the issues the DA challenged the council about.
The telemetry system is used to control the water levels and filling of the reservoir. The system in Mooi Street is out of order for four years now. It will cost approximately R13 million to fix it.
In February this year, the DA followed up on the promises made by the responsible departments that problems would be fixed. To date no maintenance or repairs took place.
The old water pipes are another huge concern as the current leak is caused by rusty pipes. There was an attempt to weld the broken main water pipe without any success. The pipes couldn’t handle the water pressure.
As a result, all water supply was turned off to stop any further influx and to let the pipes dry to allow the workers to make another attempt to fix the leak.
This is another example of bad planning and budgeting. There is very little pro-active planning from the Matlosana council resulting in not only the waste of a scarce resource, but also of taxpayers money.
The DA will pursue the deterioration of critical infrastructure and the lack of maintenance in the NW Provincial Legislature and will request meetings with the MEC for Local Government, Collen Maine and the Premier Supra Mahumapelo to discuss the growing North West crisis.