DA in Nelson Mandela Bay 'outraged' by official water restrictions

MARCH 27, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Nelson Mandela Bay says it is outraged to learn of the gazetting of water restrictions in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) by the Department of Water Affairs yesterday. The restrictions are effective as of 1 March 2015.

"The cutting of all water to our metro by fifteen percent sets us on course for a water crisis," says Cllr Retief Odendaal, DA Caucus Leader, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, in a statement.

"This is a crisis that could have been avoided were it not for the empty promises of the presidency to fund the completion of the Nooitgedacht Low Level water scheme.

"This betrayal along with the dismal performance of our municipality in stopping the waste of approximately forty percent of our city’s water on an annual basis will leave the people of this metro high and dry."

Odendaal says the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality must fix the pipes and stop the waste.

"The president needs to keep his word and urgently release the funding promised for the completion of the Nooitgedacht scheme.

"Our residents are angry at the prospect of yet more disappointment from the ANC who have proven unable to ensure services that are affordable," he said.

"Water is a right and not a privilege. This crisis was avoidable, we need solutions not excuses."