Awash on Mason Road

2011-08-05 00:00

THOUSANDS of litres of water were wasted yesterday after a water pipe in Mason Road, Manor, burst — days after the growing leak was repeatedly reported to the municipality.

The water gushed from the pipe from just before midnight on Wednesday and flowed until municipal workers arrived at about 8 am. It flooded the street, a house and the sports ground.

Resident Sherrie Bobie said she reported the leaking pipe to the Msunduzi Municipality on Saturday. A municipal employee said someone would attend to it, but no one arrived. She reported the leak again on Monday and Tuesday.

By yesterday morning Mason Road was flooded and closed for fear of traffic accidents. A few municipal workers were at the scene trying to fix the pipe.

Inside Bobie’s property the water had destroyed the tar on the driveway and flooded the back room where her employee lives.

She said she was angry about the municipality’s tardiness. “I called them on Saturday to tell them that a pipe had [a leak] and they said they would send someone, but no one came and I called again on Monday and Tuesday and no one came. Yesterday the pipe finally burst.

“This is not the first time that this area has been flooded; this must the third or fourth time.

“One of the problems is the stormwater drain. We have called the municipality on numerous occasions to attend to it but nothing has been done.”

Bobie said she is considering suing the municipality for the damage. “They should be held responsible for this because they were aware that there was a problem here.”

Bobie’s employee, Henry Ndlovu, was sleeping when his room was flooded. He said he woke up to find the water knee-high in his room.

The tardiness of the municipality flies in the face of its campaign to save water. The municipality has posters in all parts of the city calling on people to save water.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the municipality did not ignore Bobie’s report.

He said the work policy dictates that the municipality attend to burst pipes first and then leaks. They were still busy with other pipe bursts when the pipe in Mason Road burst.

“The main water pipe had burst and the water was supposed to go through the stormwater drains, but that was blocked, which caused the flooding,” Zuma said.

“We have assigned a team to clean up the stormwater drain.”

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