City to tackle water losses

2010-11-29 00:00

AGEING infrastructure, pipe bursts, inaccurate meters and leaking pipes are largely to blame for the city’s high water losses.

So said Brian Zuma, Msunduzi’s acting marketing and public relations manager, who also declared that the R22 million that has been set aside to deal with the city’s non-revenue water will go a long way in tackling those problems.

Zuma said the city’s non-revenue water stands at 63%. Real losses account for 35% of that while the remainder falls under authorised billing consumption such as standpipes.

Zuma said deteriorating infrastructure is the leading cause of the problem and the bursting of old water mains has increased dramatically over the years.

Asked which areas and suburbs are most affected, Zuma said: “This is a general problem within he municipality for the reasons already mentioned.”

He said that previously, the municipality focused mainly on leak detection and pressure management, but the replacement of defective water pipes is now required.

Questioned on the average response time in attending to leaks, Zuma said: “We will have to verify to give you an accurate time.”

He said the municipality’s non-revenue water programme is planning to audit all municipal stand pipes and if they are not being utilised as they should, they will be removed. “... however, if it is required a meter will be installed along with [a] more robust standpipe in order to avoid continuous vandalism and repairs,” said Zuma.

He said the up-coming system has been tailored to fit Msunduzi’s needs and will deal with leak detection and repairs, billing improvements, awareness campaigns and the replacement of water mains.

“It should be further noted that this is year one of a five year non-revenue water programme,” said Zuma.

He urged the public to assist the municipality by using water sparingly and to report all pipe bursts and leaks to 080 000 1868.

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