Promenade taps under attack

2018-01-23 06:00

Drinking fountains on the Sea Point Promenade have become the latest target for vandals.

At a ward 54 meeting last month, it was revealed that drinking fountains on the Sea Point Promenade had been vandalised.

Mayco member (North) Suzette Little confirmed that water to the three drinking fountains on the promenade had been switched off.

“The water on the promenade has been switched off, mainly due to the upgrading which is taking place along various parts of the route. Water to the irrigation systems was also switched off due to the water restrictions. It is also part of the construction plan to remove the old water fountains and replace them with new fountains.

The fountain at the Rocklands play park was vandalised before the upgrading of the area commenced, Little explains.

“At the time, the water had already been switched off for construction purposes. The other fountains were removed as part of the upgrading of the promenade. There were problems with the new fountain at the Rocklands play park and the contractor is still investigating this in order to determine whether this was due to vandalism or problems with the installation, which is still under warranty.”

Drinking fountains are usually targeted for their copper pipes and taps, Little says.

“The cost of replacing the pipes and taps could be up to R1000, depending on the length of pipe that was ripped off. If a new fountain has to be installed it could cost up to R5000 including labour.”

V Report incidents of vandalism on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

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