DRC residents battle with water points

Defective water points are a problem, no matter who is at fault

10 September 2018 | Infrastructure

Swakopmund Residents Association; “Residents have to walk to fetch water, which is always difficult and heavy to transport."

Jessica Botes

Residents living in the DRC suburb of Swakopmund still have to walk long distances to fetch water.

Members of the Swakopmund Residents Association (SRA) recently visited the area and found that several water points were not operational.

“Residents have to walk to fetch water, which is always difficult and heavy to transport. A solution to this problem was seen at several water points where residents used sawn down supermarket trollies that provide a level platform to hold water containers,” said the SRA in a recently published newsletter.

Although the cause of the defective water points could not be established, the SRA says this is still a despairing situation no matter who is at fault.

“Is this municipal negligence or, to be fair to our municipality, is it because those water points have once again been interfered with in a bid to get ‘free’ water, and the batteries stolen or destroyed, or has the pump been broken by objects being pushed into the slots in an attempt to fool the machine to give out water?”

The SRA also noted that supermarket trollies are found in many random places throughout the town, often far from any supermarkets.

“This is negligence by the supermarket companies who should have control over the trollies leaving their premises. These trollies are expensive products and the price of a lost trolley inevitably ends up on our supermarket bills, so the public pays for this careless control. It is certainly not absorbed as a cost by the supermarket company,” said the SRA.

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