Nelson Mandela Bay residents face another water emergency: DA

MAY 12, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro on Tuesday said that local residents were in for another water emergency.

"At a site visit to investigate [a] reported water leak on the city main water pipeline this morning, Cllrs Retief Odendaal and Dean Biddulph were shocked to discover a massive water leak that has yet to be repaired," the DA said in a statement.

"As a result, kilolitres of precious water is simply flowing into the sea.

"The tardy response from the administration once again highlights the hypocrisy of a city that expects consumers to tighten their belts and conserve water whilst the city fails to address their own shortcomings."

In the statement, Cllr Dean Biddulph - DA Metro Caucus Spokesperson, said that in spite of much heralded interventions in curbing water losses, the latest information available for the current financials year, indicates water losses in excess of R300 million and "that we are heading toward yet another record water loss on the part of this metro."

"We have reported the matter to the Director for Water for urgent intervention and also written to both the City Manager and the Executive Mayor to compel urgent action on this potential disaster.

"The city needs to fix the pipes and properly maintain our critical infrastructure.

"With water restrictions looming, the DA cannot ever, in good conscience, support such measures until the metro first gets its own house in order," Biddulph said.