Msunduzi water loss runs at 63%

2010-11-23 00:00

PLANS are under way to tackle the city’s water loss rate, which currently sits at 63%.

This was one of the announcements made during yesterday’s sitting of the executive committee (Exco) where it was revealed that the Department of Water Affairs is going to give the Msunduzi Municipality R3 million to help it fight the losses.

Trevor Cowie, Msunduzi’s acting manager for infrastructure development, said the project forms part of the intervention team’s turnaround strategy.

Some of the technical ways in which the department’s contribution will be used include:

• Pressure management of water networks;

• Installation of bulk water meters at all low-cost housing developments;

• Active logging of district meters and reservoir levels to determine losses;

• Identifying unmetered areas and co-ordinating the installation process; and

• The use of leak detection teams.

“The water distribution unit has been working closely with the intervention team to formulate the most pro-active approach to reduce water losses based on internationally recognised standards,” said Cowie.

In a letter written by the provincial department’s acting chief director Jay Reddy, it states that the department increased its initial contribution of about R2 million to a total R3 million.

The department’s contribution will be complemented by municipal infrastructure grant funds, which have already been approved at just over R20 million.

This amount will cover the implementation phase of the contract.

“The total cost of [a] five year non-revenue water programme is estimated at R175 million.

“However, this will only be sent for municipal infrastructure grant approval once the five year non-revenue water master plan is completed and approved,” said Cowie.

The acting municipal manager has been given authority to sign the memorandum of understanding between the department and the municipality and the power to include any other add-ons required.


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