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25 Aug 2022

Currie Road Reservoir water potentially compromised

Nia Louw (Berea Mail) Picture: Musgrave residents have expressed their concerns over the Currie Road Reservoir water being tampered with after noticing that the cover of the reservoir had been removed.

The Currie Road Reservoir, located on Currie Road in Musgrave, is situated in an area that gives residents a chance to enjoy a phenomenal view over the Botanic Gardens and city skyline – from Moses Mabhida Stadium, then spreading across the inner-city skyline to the right. The Musgrave reservoir is one of the many reservoirs that provide water to residents in Durban. However, Musgrave residents have come out to express their concerns over the reservoir water being tampered with after they noticed that the cover of the reservoir had been removed.

Musgrave resident and filmmaker, Eubulus Timothy is one of the residents in the area who has expressed his concern over the water being potentially contaminated. Timothy took the time to investigate the reservoir and made some crucial observations on what may have led to the reservoir being tampered with.

“There is no level of security, there is no lock on the gate that surrounds the reservoir, and I have noticed people sleeping by the reservoir during the night,” he said.

The Botanic Gardens Supervisor has reported several cases of vandalism, including the incident where it appears homeless people have gained access into the reservoir. Photo: Submitted

According to Ward 31 councillor Remona McKenzie, the Botanic Gardens Supervisor has reported several cases of vandalism, including the incident where it appears homeless people have gained access into the reservoir.

“There could be potential contamination and a health risk given residents are drinking this water! I have contacted the Water Department representative responsible for local reservoirs in my ward. He mentioned he is doing his best, but he is struggling without having enough resources,” said McKenzie.

Councillor Remona McKenzie says there could be potential contamination and a health risk if residents drink contaminated water. Photo: Submitted

“Council needs to prioritise the protection of our drinking water. Apparently, it’s a battle because locks are replaced and cut by vagrants,” she said.

McKenzie says some of the serious challenges the Water Department has mentioned are:

  1. Continuous vandalism within reservoir sites.
    2. Steel theft for scrap metal.
    3. Padlocks being stolen.

“There needs to be a permanent solution. We are not sure why this wet tank is constantly exposed,” she said.

The councillor says she has met with municipal officials on site and indicated that security should be looked at.

“We cannot take risks with this remaining a constant issue and with no resolution going forward. We need security present or other alternative measures to secure the reservoir,” said McKenzie.

McKenzie says she has emailed the City Manager and has also requested a security guard and more patrols around the area, and she has contacted a Berea CPF member who will request security patrols in the area.

“Rangers Security have added their team to be part of the patrols and assist where they can,” she said.  “I have also requested that the water be tested and will be sharing the results with the public,” she said.