Kouga to declare war on leaks

2016-03-17 06:00

IN a bid to minimise water losses through leaks, the Kouga Municipality applied to participate in the national War on Leaks programme which will see local young people being trained and deployed to help repair water leaks.

According to the municipality’s audited annual financial statements for 2014/ 2015, water losses amounted to about R10,2 million in that financial year. “This was an improvement of more than R1,5 million compared to the previous financial year when water losses amounted to R11,8 million,” says municipal spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall.

According to Randall, the main causes of water losses are leakages, faulty metres, illegal water connections and people tampering with meters.

The War on Leaks project was initiated by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) after President Jacob Zuma raised a serious concern during his 2015 State of the Nation Address, that South Africa is losing R7 billion every year due to water that is lost through leaks. He continued to say that 15 000 plumbers and artisans should be trained through DWS to fix leaking taps and pipes in communities.

Youth from across the country will be equipped with technical skills. The recruits will be divided into three disciplines of plumbers, artisans and water agents. After completion of the course, they will fix leaks at homes, clinics, schools and other public buildings, while also raising the mantle of water conservation and demand management.

This project is in addition to the installation of bulk water meters to designated zones to help trace underground water leaks. An audit of all water meters was also conducted recently.

“The municipality has secured money through the Accelerated Community Infrastructure Programme (ACIP) from the Department of Water and Sanitation to help address water losses by assessing water pipes, fixing leaks and preventing illegal connections through the regular inspection of water meters,” says Randall.

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