CHATSWORTH: Municipal workers have been met with great hostility by residents in the south of Durban as they embarked on their mission to install resistors to water meters this week.
According to one of the project leaders, who did not provide his name for fear of repraisal, a large constituent of the community refused to open their gates and allow the workers to install the mechanism. “They believe the resistor is going to reduce water pressure. It’s not. It’s only going to limit the flow,” he said.
DurbanZone journos witnessed as community members lashed out at the workers, stating that they were paying their water bills and did not feel that they needed to be limited in this way. “What these residents don’t understand is that we only have enough water till February next year. Unless weather patterns change soon, we are also heading for disaster. We need to implement safety measures now,” he said.
According to stats on the official Umgeni Water website, levels at the Midmar Dam are currently sitting at 45.06% capacity, Albert Falls Dam at 30.77% capacity and Inanda Dam at 73.33% capacity.