BLEACHED WATER KEEPS US GOING- COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Written by: Samkele Sokhela
The community of Coffee Farm has lodged a complaint over water shortages that has seen them using ‘unclean’ water for three weeks.
According to community members, the situation has been ‘extremely unbearable’ as they get forced to put chemicals in water fetched from the river in order for them to purify it.
Simphiwe Mthiyane, a community member said that they struggle when they have to cook or take a shower. The only alternative that keeps them going is purifying river water using chemicals.
“The life we are currently living is terrible. We are living near a river, we collect that water and put the Jik bleach in it every time before we sleep so that we can use it when it done getting purified for the next day,” said Mthiyane.
Mthiyane went on to plead the eThekwini Municipality to urgently address the matter and questioned their future state of living if the situation is continuing.
“I mean, our lives are dependent on using water. Without water how are we supposed to live?” questioned Mthiyane.
Another community member, Sibongile Hulley, said that sometimes some community members are admitted to clinics due to dehydration and farmers are loosing their livestocks.
“It has become a problem to take a shower. Bleached river water makes our bodies itch. We have even witnessed farmers loosing their livestock. Even though I haven’t yet heard of someone being admitted to clinics, but of course they are. We are pleading to the municipality to act,” said Hulley.
Department of Water and sanitation representative, Vivian Naaidoo agreed that some parts of the country are hit by water shortages, however he said their department is working on a solution.
“In the previous years, we’ve been trying to spread the message to people, to use water wisely because every time they waste it and use it unwisely, water shortages become a concern,” said Naidoo.
Naidoo concluded, “However, we are doing campaigns at the moment where we are advising people to use water wisely. I’ll inform my department about the matter and I assure that water trucks will attend the affected area.”
*Caption: Community member fetching river water in Coffee Farm