Shock at huge water leak

2012-07-13 00:00

A MASSIVE leak involving the loss of thousands of litres of water per day was uncovered when workers dug up the ground covering a Msunduzi Municipality bulk supply pipe. Fountains of water jetted in every direction.

Musie Sherriff, manager of the Nansindlela Social Eco Park Estate in Claridge where the leak occured, said he could not believe what he was seeing.

Sherriff said he was worried at the amount of water lost while the leak had gone undetected. After the water was shut off yesterday his concern turned to when it would be restored.

He said he noticed an area getting waterlogged late last week.

He called Umgeni Water, which told him that the pipe passing through the property belonged to Msunduzi Municipality. He made a series of phone calls to get the municipality to respond.

“They eventually came on Tuesday to find out about the problem and arrived on Wednesday with a mechanical excavator and started digging.”

He said the moment the pipe was exposed water started spraying in every direction and it was scary because he realised how much water was being lost.

Sheriff could not believe his eyes when the workers covered the hole and went off.

The next minute the water supply was shut off. He became even more bothered when a worker told him that they did not have the material to fix the leaking pipe.

“With the water shut off large parts of Woodlands and Northdale could be without water and we’ve no idea how long this is going to take to be fixed,” Sherriff said.

Brenden Sivparsad, acting process manager for water and sanitation, said last night that the only area that would be without water was Lotus Park in Northdale.

“We managed to open up ring feeds so that Woodlands and the greater part of Northdale will still have water,” he said.

Sivarsad said the pipe affected was one of the municipality’s bulk lines from the reservoir, and the water was jetting strongly because a coupling had come out of its socket.

He said the municipal team would work through the night to fix the problem and hoped to have it sorted out by the early hours of the morning.

The team will fix the joint, fit it into the socket, and clean and scour the line before restoring the water

supply.

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