Ageing water pipes in capital city to be replaced

2011-06-01 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality will start replacing the deteriorating water infrastructure in the central business district in June, in a project worth over R14 million.

The project also aims to reduce water leaks in Pietermaritzburg.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the municipality has appointed JK Structures to undertake the R14,2 million project to replace seven kilometres of ageing water pipes.

They are using the Dutch Wavin trenchless water pipe technology to complete the project.

Zuma said the project is expected to be completed by August.

“The advantage of using trenchless technology is that the water pipes can be rehabilitated without excavating in a high-density traffic area. In addition to the cost saving this technology reduces the carbon footprint of traditional construction through not closing roads, avoiding traffic detours and rehabilitation of roads and pavements,” said Zuma.

“This contract is part of the R22 million investment Msunduzi Municipality is making to reduce unacceptably high levels of water leaks in its reticulation system.

The project is the first phase of a high-impact water conservation and water demand management initiative that is expected to boost service delivery and halve water leaks over the next three years and will ensure compliance with the presidential directive of halving water losses by 2014, Zuma added.

The municipality has urged residents to help in reducing water leaks by reporting leaks and illegal connections to the toll-free number 0800  001 868.

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