The DA has noted with shock that Sekhukhune District Municipality is failing to regulate the purified water at Klein Waterfontein reservoir in Groblersdal and 180 000 litres of water are being wasted on a daily basis whilst the residents do not have access to clear and running water.
The DA will formally lodge a formal complaint with the Environmental Management Inspectors or the Green Scorpions , to probe the municipality for failing to save water and polluting the environment.
We have already informed the Head of the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), for his immediate intervention on the matter to save the wasted water in this district municipality.
To compound the matter, the cost of losing 180 000 litres of water is estimated to be over R700 000 since November 2018.
This wasted purified water has been flowing from the reservoir next to Loskop dam into the nearest farms and streets into Olifants river but nothing has been done to stop the overflowing water.
The flooding of water has caused a severe damage to the adjacent properties .
It is clear that the overflowing is caused by the poor management of water networks within the municipality.
The municipality has deliberately ignored the DA’s continuous calls to fix the water pipes as it causes a great harm to the environment and presents a massive health risk to the residents.
Neglecting to regulate the reservoir which causes this unnecessary waste of water contravenes the National Environmental Management Act and the Constitution that stipulates that people have a right to a healthy and clean environment and further contributes towards fruitless expenditure excises.
We are deeply concerned that the health of our residents and the environment are placed under massive danger therefore the municipal officials must be held accountable. The official’s failure address the matter shows that the uncaring ANC government does not have a political will to regulate this wasted purified water which the residents of Sekhukhune are desperate to have access to.
The DA urges the Green Scorpions to probe the matter to ensure that the water pipes at the reservoir are fixed with immediate effect and restore the dignity of Sekhukhune residents that would be able to live in a clean and healthy environment once again.
Only the DA is capable of ensuring speedy service delivery and is still committed to building One South Africa for all.