The Democratic Alliance in Lephalale, Limpopo says it has conveyed over more than 250 signed water petitions from Onverwacht Township to the Municipal Manager, Edith Tukakgomo.
DA Councillor Sybil Nieuwouldt said in a statement on Wednesday Tukakgomo had responded by prioritising continuing water crises that have affected the residents for more than two years.
According to Nieuwouldt, the water crises happens despite the fact that Palala Water Reservoir supplies the entire Onverwacht with water but has low water pressure.
“Consistent water supply around the area is non-existent, taps have run dry, water conveyances by the neighborhood district are sporadic and boreholes are not working and have been disregarded for such a significant number of years,” said Nieuwouldt.
She added that these desperate conditions prevail regardless of the designation of over R50 million of Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant.
“This is verification that our people are being neglected by the ANC led region. A minding government ought to give great essential services and repair equipment when important, as the DA does where it governs,” she said.
The DA said denying people clean drinking water is a human rights infringement.
Nieuwouldt said the DA has given the municipality 14 days to react and inability to do as such will cause her party having no real option except to march to the municipality and submit a memorandum to the Mayor, Moloko Maeko for a quick and lasting answer for the water crises.
The DA encourages the Municipality to give water tankers to the residents as an interim relief measure.