District conducts water meter audit

2015-12-16 06:00
Team of fulltime water meter readers as well as students from Mandeni FET College who conducted the audit. Photo: Supplied

Team of fulltime water meter readers as well as students from Mandeni FET College who conducted the audit. Photo: Supplied

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IN light of the drought crisis, the iLembe District Municipality embarked on an inspection of KwaDukuza and Mandeni household water meters recently to mitigate water losses and ensure water is used responsibly.

Accountant at the district’s revenue and billing department Senzo Makhoba said the intention of this audit was to determine how much water is supplied to residents of these local municipalities, how many more households still need meters and also to determine the amount of water lost due to burst or leaking pipes with the hopes of reducing and ultimately preventing these losses.

He said identifying the number of households that still need meters would help the municipality better plan and budget for the installation of new ones.

Makhoba added that the audit was also intended to determine the number of illegal connections.

“The district aims to unpack the layout of households which have metered water connections in relation to water availability and supply as well as identifying households which rely on standpipes.
“Having this information will enable the district to identify households that still need meters and it will ensure we convert conventional meters to prepaid meters where necessary,” said Makhoba.

Prepaid meters, according to Makhoba, accurately record water usage within the district.

He said the audit was conducted by full-time water meter readers as well as students from Mandeni FET College.

Equipped with tablet devices and a questionnaire to complete the survey, the team collected crucial information from KwaDukuza and Mandeni residents which would assist the district with planning, said Makhoba.

“The audit was also important because we were able to identify indigent, pensioner and child-headed households,” he said.

However, some households were not surveyed due to residents being at work during weekdays.
This has prompted the district to initiate a weekend help desk so that those households could also complete the survey.

“We urge all residents who were unavailable during the first water meter audit, and those who may have missed the first round of weekend visits, to kindly make an extra effort in the interest of helping us save water and for the district to better understand its customers and their needs,” he said.

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