Claremont carded for water leaks

2017-05-16 06:00

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Claremont is one of the top five water-guzzling suburbs.

According to a City of Cape Town report, one of the properties in Claremont used about 678 kilolitres in March, instead of the normal usage of 20 kilolitres per household in a period of a month.

Also making up the top five are Bantry Bay, Oosterzee, Malibu Village and Penhill.

The findings come whilst the City council is still expected to decide if water restrictions should be raised from level 3 to level 4 later this month. The report states that most of the water wastage in the suburbs listed are experiencing leakages and the water inspector has been dispatched to make sure all the leaks are fixed.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for water services, says: “About two-thirds of the top 30 properties on the March list were found to have leaks on the properties, which are the reason for the high consumption. City water inspectors have been engaging with the high users and most of these leaks have been repaired by the owners. The City is providing help and counsel where we can. Those who are rectifying leaks on private properties are directly contributing to our mass water-saving efforts.”

She says it is important that communities work with the municipality to tackle the issue of permanent water scarcity.

Other suburbs also identified as high water users are Hout Bay, Green Point, Ekuphumuleni, Strandfontein and Mandela Park, which together used more than 2460 kilolitres in March.

How to check for leaks on your property . Close all taps on the property and don’t flush the toilets.

. Check and record your meter reading.

. Wait 15 minutes and record the meter reading.

. If there is a difference in your meter reading, you have a leak.

. Call a plumber if it is not a DIY job.

One leaking toilet wastes between 2600 and 13 000 litres per month. A leaking tap wastes between about 400 and 2600 litres per month.V Email the City at for queries or to report contraventions (evidence should be provided) or send an SMS to 31373.

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