Abandoned waterpipe the reason for problems

After three months without water, it was discovered an abandoned water pipe was the cause of the water problems in Letlhabile near Brits.

The water disruption started in December after municipal officials dug up a water pipe, cutting off the water pipe and leaving the ditch exposed. It was never repaired and it seems the municipality forgot about it.

Residents are now forced to buy water from those who have boreholes while the dug-up ditch remains exposed and could cause injury, especially to children playing nearby.

“On 9 February 2021, the DA wrote to the Acting Municipal Manager, Noko Seanego, regarding an abandoned water pipe that left residents of Letlhabile (Block E) without water for at least three months. The DA requested the acting MM to urgently intervene and ensure that water is restored. Our letter follows months of complaints and calls to Madibeng Local Municipality which have been completely ignored. However, to date, no action has been taken to restore water to the area,” says DA councillor Meriam Banda.

“We will request the appointed Administrator to Madibeng Local Municipality, Paul Maseko, to intervene in the ongoing water issues in Letlhabile. Residents need water to perform basic household chores such as bathing, cleaning, cooking and to practice hygienic processes to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”