Persistent lobbying of the Nkangala District Municipality finally yielded positive outcomes as the District agreed to fund a solar powered water pump to replace  generators. The contract for the solar pump has been advertised and the community is crossing fingers that a contractor will be appointed soon.

Planact and the community will closely monitor the implementation of the project to avoid another white elephant.

Spring Valley Solar Water Tender
Spring Valley Solar Water Tender

This comes after, the community of Spring Valley informal settlement has endured decades of hardships as a result of the shortage of water. The settlements estimated 12000 people currently depend on unreliable water trucks provided by the eMalahleni local municipality and from a heavily polluted un-protected spring.

Water from a heavily polluted spring
Water from a heavily polluted spring

Numerous complaints have been raised by the community about the water supply and most of the complaints have not been addressed by the municipality.

In November 2013, Planact and the Spring Valley Development Committee successfully lobbied the Nkangala District Municipality to intervene and fund a project to install generator powered water pumps, 100 000 litre water reservoirs and a network of pipes and communal water taps into the settlement. Unfortunately the joy was short lived as the generators at the pumps did not have sufficient power to fill up the reservoirs. The R3million infrastructure has been lying idle as the local municipality reneged on promises to rectify the situation.

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Spring Valley Reservoirs
Spring Valley Reservoirs