Burst pipes anger residents

2015-10-29 16:06
Residents of Aston Bay suffers burst water pipes at least once or twice a week. Dr. Derek Askew is standing here at a water pipe that was repaired in Woodpecker Street, however, more than a month later neither the road or wall that was damaged in the

Residents of Aston Bay suffers burst water pipes at least once or twice a week. Dr. Derek Askew is standing here at a water pipe that was repaired in Woodpecker Street, however, more than a month later neither the road or wall that was damaged in the

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RESIDENTS of Aston Bay have had enough of a plethora of water pipe bursts cutting off their water supply due to the Kouga Municipality’s inability to fix the problem.

Just in Flamingo Road, a total of 22 water pipe bursts have been recorded in the last two years - 15 of which occurred in the last two months.

The whole of Aston Bay suffers burst water pipes once or twice a week - leaving residents without water for hours on end.

“The burst pipes have completely washed away the road in some places, including the rocks and tar holding the road together,” says Aston Bay resident dr Derek Askew. “These roads now need extensive repair.” While on the other hand, small unattended leaks cause even more potholes in the road.

“Water leaks caused by tree roots on municipal land have still to be addressed, after it was already reported numerous times since 2013,” says Askew. “A water leak in Glenny Buchner was reported about a month ago, and still nothing has been done to repair the leek.

“A burst pipe is attended to quickly, but small leaks appear to have very low priority. Let’s not even mention the enormous vo-lumes of water wasted in all these events.”

Adding to the problem, is the damage to driveways and sidewalks caused by municipal workers when they dig up the ground to fix the burst pipe. According to Askew, dug up driveways and paving are left for two to three months before being fixed - causing severe inconvenience to affected residents.

“A huge hole in the middle of the road in Pelican Crescent only fixed last week after being left as an open pit since the end of August,” says Askew.

According Kouga municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, the continuous burst water pipes are due to the ageing infrastructure.

“The municipality’s budget for water infrastructure has mainly gone towards installing water infrastructure to new developments and areas which never had access to water before. Consequently, the budget for replacing existing systems has been very limited,” says Randall.

“At present the focus is on repairing bursts as they occur.

“Our sincere apologies to residents for having to wait several weeks to have their driveways or sidewalks repaired. These delays are usually the result of operational li-mitations. For example, the number of vehicles and workers available at any given time compared to the number of call-outs they receive.

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