Alarm over leaks

2014-09-05 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG residents have expressed concern over a number of water leaks in the city, saying a precious resource was being wasted.

Yesterday, Walker Randall, who lives in Croft Road in Scottsville, complained that there had been huge water wastage because of a burst pipe in the Mkondeni area.

Randall said he realised that water was gushing in a small stream behind the Lush Removals offices in Mkondeni three weeks ago.

“I first phoned Lush Removals because I thought the leak was coming from their premises, but they told me that their meters were fine,” he said.

The company nevertheless investigated the source of the leak and found it definitely was not on their premises.

Randall said it seemed that there is a burst pipe that has led to clean water flooding into a stream behind his property.

“I only realised the problem after the tall grass was burned and was able to see that there was water gushing into a stream,” he said.

Randall said the water leak seemed to be coming from a stormwater drain.

He said it was a shame to see clean water being wasted because it is a scarce resource.

“This is happening in a country where people carry buckets of water on their heads. I phoned the municipality two weeks ago to report this, but they have not fixed it,” he said.

When The Witness visited the area, the leak had turned the area into a wetland, with water flowing into the stream and birds having found a playground. “One can only imagine how much money the municipality is losing,” said Randall.

Witness reader Rohith Jeebodh, of Montrose, said he had reported a constantly leaking water tower in Sohan Crescent, Orient Heights, six times in two years, without action being taken.

“I called the Msunduzi Municipality at least six times over the past two years and all I received were two case numbers which failed to yield any results in the form of some tangible repairs to the container. I hope that going public will force the municipality to introspect and act swiftly to repair this tank before any more precious water is wasted,” he said.

Ashburton residents say they have reported a burst pipe leaking clean water along AP Smith Road several times, but it has not been repaired.

On Tuesday water was gushing out from the stormwater drain along Willowton Road, with motorists driving through a pool of water that had formed on the road.

However, this was fixed after the municipality was contacted.

Questions were sent to the Msunduzi Municipality but there was no response given at the time of going to print.


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