Despite a R78m water project, the Eastern Cape still has no water

Despite a R78m water project, the Eastern Cape still has no water

- The Qamata water project hasn't delivered any positive results despite costing R78 million over 2 years

- Residents of villages in the Eastern Cape still have no running water

- Villagers have to walk to the nearest river to collect water for their families

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Despite a water project running at a cost of R78 million, the Eastern Cape is still suffering from water shortages.

And this problem is not a new one either. Some residents of parts of the Eastern Cape have been walking miles to get water from a river since last year.

The Qamata water project has failed to deliver the desired results even though millions have been spent on it. Meko Poswayo used to be on the committee of the project and says they haven't had running tap water in six months.

Poswayo added that they had water for 8 out of 18 months.

The South African reports that Lonwabo Kowa of the Chris Hani Municipality confirmed that the water project cost R78 million. The project was started in 2014 but ended in 2016.

The plan was to supply water to about 10 villages that never had tap water or flushing toilets in the Intsika Yethu Local Municipality.

Chris Hani District Municipality spokesperson Tobeka Mqamelo stated there were malfunctioning pumps that are hindering water from reaching these villages. A faulty borehole pump is also playing a role in the lack of water. Work is being done to repair the pump.

Mqamelo added that water is being supplied to the villages through a tanker that delivers water to the community.

But Briefly.co.za learned that the last time the water truck was at the Mngqanga Village was December 2017, 7 months ago.

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With water being such a a problem, even tourism is affected.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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