Mayor recommits to fight water leaks in Metro

2015-09-03 06:00

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Mayor Danny Jordaan has recommitted the municipality to fight water leaks.

Jordaan was speaking at the launch of President Jacob Zuma’s War on Leaks campaign last Friday, with over 16 000 people in attendance at Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide.

Jordaan said he, together with Zuma and the minister of water and sanitation Nomvula Makonyana, had visited a house in Zwide where a family owed R70 000 in municipal water bills due to leakages.

“We have just been to a house where they told us that their water bill is just over R70 000. We know that that poor family can never pay that money. That bill is not the result of water used during the month but rather water that is leaking during the month. In a sense, that bill is a reflection of the inability of the metro to respond to water leaks.

“We then expect the people to suffer as a result and to pay for the inefficiency of the metro. We must apologise to the people that we are unable to respond to these challenges. That is a matter that we will take up. We are endorsing and supporting and recommitting the metro to fight against water leaks,” said Jordaan.

According to the municipal financial indicators, this year’s water losses cost the metro R300-million and the country R7 billion a year.

Zuma said through the Department of Water and Sanitation, they would train 15 000 artisans and plumbers who will fix leaking taps in their communities with Rand Water, as government’s implementing agent.

Zuma said the project would be run through a three-phased approach, identified for the recruitment, training and deployment of the plumbers, artisans and water agents over the project period. Zuma said they would train qualifying young people with Grade 12 or N3 with Maths and Science as fitters and turners, welders, instrument mechanics and electricians. The learners, who will be drawn from all nine provinces, will do repairs, retrofitting and replacements in various municipalities.

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