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Persistent water leak a nightmare for residents

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Residents of Soka Street in Greenpoint are living a nightmare due to an unresolved water pipe leak that has been flooding their street for the past three years.

An unresolved water pipe leak has been flooding the street for the past three years. Picture: Supplied

RESIDENTS of Soka Street in Greenpoint are living a nightmare due to an unresolved water pipe leak that has been flooding their street for the past three years.

The leak, originating from near the railway station side of the settlement, has exposed about 10 households to dampness, flooding and a mosquito infestation.

The residents have expressed their distress over the situation, which they say has led to illnesses and the constant need to supervise their children. The dampness has also proven costly, with home structures and furniture deteriorating daily due to the water damage.

In their quest for a solution, the residents have attempted to redirect the water towards the Greenpoint graveyard by digging furrows. They have also tried filling their yards with soil or rubble, but these efforts have only resulted in a muddy mess.

Despite engagements with the Sol Plaatje Municipality, there has been little progress made on rectifying the situation.

The residents claim that the municipality only sends machinery to scrape the road before elections. They have apparently been informed that the area where the leak is located is private property, limiting the municipality’s access.

The situation has led to several alarming incidents. A three-year-old girl nearly drowned after falling into a pool of water in front of her home two weeks ago. The child was trying to cross the road by stepping on stones placed in the water.

Health concerns are also mounting as most residents on the affected side of Soka Street are suffering from flu-related illnesses as well as asthma and sinusitis.

A resident pointed out that the water levels fluctuate regardless of whether it is raining or not.

Another resident recounted how she fell into the water while trying to cross at night.

“My whole body was sore from the fall. I underestimated the depth of where I was crossing,” she said.

“We live with serious cases here. Three babies are suffering from asthma and depend on treatment. Another one was recently diagnosed with bronchitis.

“Some families from the shacks cannot stay in their homes and have to continuously look for shelter.”

In response to the crisis, Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson Thabo Mothibi stated that the city engineer for water and sanitation would conduct an assessment on the possibility of diverting the water.

“Should the assessment site contain the spillage from Transnet’s precinct, we will reach out to them in our efforts to ensure the best measures are applied,” said Mothibi.

An unresolved water pipe leak has been flooding the street for the past three years. Picture: Supplied
The furrow that directs the water towards the graveyard. Picture: Supplied
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