LANGELOOP – Illegal water connections in most communities continue to be a major concern for Nkomazi Local Municipality (NLM).
This was revealed by NLM spokesman, Mr Cyril Ripinga, after a resident of Langeloop dug through a road to make an illegal water connection.
Residents had mixed reactions with regard to the digging, with some saying this was a result of the NLM’s failure to perform its duties.
“If the municipality and the community council had done their jobs by making sure that every house had a tap, this would not have happened. Now the municipality is pointing a finger at the person who did this and forgets that three fingers are pointing back. Nkomazi, do what is right and stop moaning like a little baby,” said Mr Patrick Maila.
Ripinga responded by explaining that the municipality acknowledged that there was a water shortage.
“However, causing damage to community property is not the way to go. In this case alone there have been two damages to infrastructure. Firstly the road has been dug up, and secondly the water pipe cut in order to make this illegal connection,” Ripinga said. Meanwhile the installation of a steel pipes which started last year in Block C is progressing.
He said, “We are installing the steel pipes to avoid illegal connections, and we are also replacing the old pipes in the entire Block C area because they were now too damaged,”