The theft of metal lids covering Mamelodi reservoir 4 raises concerns as water inside may have been exposed to contamination.
The theft of metal lids covering Mamelodi reservoir 4 has raised concerns the water inside may have been exposed to contamination.
The thefts have prompted Mamelodi residents to implore the Tshwane metro to prioritise their safety, and sort out the alleged vandalism, Pretoria Rekord reports.
Tshwane metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the metro had approved the appointment of multiple security companies to curb vandalism at the site.
Mashigo explained a risk assessment and an occupational health and safety check on the municipality’s assets had to take place first, and only after could security be deployed.
Oupa Mtshweni of Mamelodi Concerned Residents for Service Delivery said vandalism had been rife for over a decade.
He told the publication despite a recent visit by local ward councillors from Mamelodi, the reservoir was in desperate need of attention, and soon.
“Tshwane metro’s main concern is that people of Mamelodi must pay for service delivery, issuing a final letter of demand to residents who are unable to pay for services that are estimated by the metro,” said Mtshweni.
Despite being satisfied local ward councillors were aware of the vandalism issue, he said other problems were still prevalent. This includes there being no access control, missing or stolen valves, and steel stairs that had been cut off and removed.
The missing valves posted a danger as this meant pipes could explore at anytime, which would leave residents without water for months, Mtshweni said.
“The health hazards are that anyone could come at any time and pour poison killing all Mamelodi residents at once,” he said.
For the time being, Mtshweni advised residents in Mamelodi to boil tap water before drinking or using it.
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