Molewa reveals huge Free State water losses

2012-08-24 14:06
Edna Molewa (Sapa)

Edna Molewa (Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Free State municipalities are losing more than eight billion litres of water a month, according to figures tabled by Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

Worst affected is Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality - which includes the provincial capital, Bloemfontein - where exactly half the water supplied is lost.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Molewa said the average total water loss in the Free State's 20 municipalities was 8 650 619 kilolitres a month.

A kilolitre is 1 000 litres.

The biggest loss was in Mangaung: 3 315 059 kilolitres a month.

The reply does not specify how much of this loss is the result of leaking pipes, but a second annexure reveals that millions of rands have been set aside in the province for "water leak repairs" in the 20 municipalities.

It also shows that annual demand for water in the province (125 817 megalitres) is only slightly more than half the supply (238 102 megalitres). A megalitre is one million litres.

Molewa said her department had taken steps to help the municipalities reduce their water losses.

These include repairing leaks, installing meters, repairing leaking reservoirs and replacing ageing pipes.
Read more on:    edna molewa  |  bloemfontein  |  water

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/World
 

For the love of Corgis!

WATCH: 35 Corgi's to make your day! If they’re good enough for the Queen of England they’re good enough for us.

 
 

Paws

Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.