FOR years residents of Nerifolia Street in Weybridge Park had to endure a water pipe bursting regularly, resulting in them being without water for hours on end.After three years of requesting for the old pipe to be replaced, Ward 8 councillor Gustav Rautenbach is relieved that a new pipe was finally installed. Since 2014 nine instances have been reported where the pipe had burst, which resulted in water running down the street. “The old pipe was 30 to 40 years old and it has now been replaced with a new pipe of top quality,” Rautenbach said. “Whenever the old pipe burst, the water flow had to be shut down, sometimes for hours, while the pipe was being repaired, which had been a huge inconvenience to the residents of this area,” explained Rautenbach.“The replacement of this pipe shows the DA coalition government’s commitment to ensuring that the current water crisis is taken seriously and that we are doing our best to address any wastage of water.”The new 325m pipe was installed on September 6, and the work required the removal of the paving of some driveways in the street, explained Rautenbach.“I am very grateful to the residents who have been very patient during the process of replacing the pipe. I thank them for their cooperation,” he said.The project ensured job opportunities for six residents of the nearby informal settlement. “I feel very strongly about the employment of local residents in such projects, especially the empowerment of the women from the community,” Rautenbach said.The installation of the new pipe cost approximately R2 million.