Bulk water leaking for weeks on end

2016-05-19 13:31
Maritzburg Golf Club greenkeeper Graham Dickinson shows the swamp that has been created after a leak in a bulk water pipe.

Maritzburg Golf Club greenkeeper Graham Dickinson shows the swamp that has been created after a leak in a bulk water pipe. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Parts of the Maritzburg Golf Club have been flooded after a burst pipe was left unattended for almost a month.

The club’s greenkeeper, Graham Dickinson, said what first started as a trickle of water has now turned into a swamp.

“This is fresh, clean water running from outside the property onto the lawns. We cannot afford to be losing clean water during this drought,” he said.

Dickinson said the sixth fairway was now so flooded that golfers were struggling to cross over to the other parts of the course.

“This portion of the golf course is usually the driest, but now it is a swamp,” he said.

Dickinson showed The Witness that it was not a single leak causing the problem.

“As one can see, there is more than one leak. It is coming from all over the place,” he said.

The clear water flows from a ­nearby hill believed to be part of a conservancy.

Dickinson said the golf club had alerted the municipality a number of times since discovering the leak on April 26.

“We have reported it and received a reference number, but we have not heard anything since.

“We keep calling the municipality and we are told that they are aware of the problem, but no one gives us an indication of when the problem will be sorted out,” he said.

Although parts of the golf course are damaged due to the flooding, Dickinson said the bigger concern was the fact that clean water was being wasted during “this tough time”.

“We are in a drought situation and on many occasions people are left without water. If we fix this leak, ­maybe this will help in a small way. We cannot afford to lose clean water,” he said.

Acting Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said their staff had inspected the course. “We have advised the relevant ­authorities to effect the repairs as Msunduzi does not have any bulk pipeline running at the golf course,” she said.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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