Tiny leak forms stream

2016-04-27 06:00

WHAT started as a tiny water leak has developed into a stream of clean, chlorinated­ water in Oak Park.

It took almost six months for resident and attorney Johan von Reiche to investigate the terrain and find the source of the water, which he says is a burst pipe below the Ferncliffe reservoir.

“I am always walking around the area and I started to notice this stream of gushing water.

“I wondered why it was overflowing in spite of others drying up,” he said.

Von Reiche said the stream had existed since he moved to the area 13 years ago, but there had been an increase in the amount of water in the past six months.

The attorney said the leak springs about eight to 10 metres away from a cistern just below the reservoir.

“I reported the matter to my councillor, David Ryder, and we both visited the place this week.

“He saw exactly what was going on and said he would report the matter, and he also agreed it was clean water flowing,” he said.

Von Reiche described the flow of water as “10 times the stream of water coming from a hosepipe”.

Ryder said he had not been aware of the leak until Von Reiche alerted him to it.

He said he noted it was indeed clean water and immediately sent an e-mail to the Msunduzi Municipality’s call centre.

“I have been to the site and agree that he [Von Reich] does have a point. Someone from the water department in the municipality definitely needs to go up there and investigate,” he said.

Acting Msunduzi spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the water department would inspect the site and repair the pipe as a matter of urgency.

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