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Water-shedding logic needsa rethink

29 April 2016, 09:22  - Karishma.Rampersadh

THE manager of Msunduzi Water and Sanitation, Brenden Sivparsad, needs to be questioned on his water-shedding logic.

By his own admission, the Department of Correctional Services loses 46 million litres of water a month without sanction or solution.

There has been a fresh water leak in Oak Park for months without repair, and copious amounts of water leak from the ageing water infrastructure daily, yet instead of fixing them properly, he’d rather punish homeowners and tenants.

During the eighties’ drought, households were restricted to 400 litres a day, with a month’s grace if the limit was exceeded.

Those who failed to curb their water usage were fitted with restricters after two months.

It was a simple solution.

Restricters only limit the flow not the usage; you can still fill the bath but it will just take longer, so how does that save water?

Will restricters be fitted to municipal and state-owned buildings, and what will be done about the free-flowing taps in the informal settlements?

This is clearly a knee-jerk reaction to a serious problem for which the householder is once again the soft target.

You need to rethink this, Sivparsad.

MARTIN GODFREY

Pietermaritzburg

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