Misinformation regarding Newcastle’s water supply has once again gained attention, as a voice note circulating on social media warns of impending water shortages in the town and urges people to store water.
Responding to the voice note, the Newcastle Municipality’s Communications Unit addressed the issue, stating, “The voice note circulating on social media claims that residents should collect and store bulk water due to water shortages and a shutdown.
It also suggests that empty reservoirs will lead to water scarcity. We want to make it clear that the Newcastle Municipality distances itself from this voice note, which is a false narrative causing unnecessary panic.”
The Communications Unit firmly dismissed the rumour, stating, “There is no shutdown, and we dismiss this rumour with the contempt it deserves.”
Furthermore, the Communications Unit urged residents to ignore the voice note and advised against bulk water collection, as it would unnecessarily strain the water supply.
Stressing the seriousness of spreading false information, the Communications Unit emphasized, “The spread of false information is a misdemeanour which may result in prosecution of such perpetrators.”
In an effort to restore calm, the Newcastle Municipality encouraged residents to continue using water sparingly. The municipality remains committed to providing diligent services to the community, according to the Communications Unit.
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