Water leaks: Metro’s urge to repair quicker

2016-12-15 06:02

“Water is a precious resource, we cannot allow it to run to waste. We are losing about 25% of our treated water to leaks right now.”

This is according to councillor Annette Lovemore, Nelson Mandela Bay’s MMC for Infrastructure and Engineering, who is determined to win the war on leaks.

At a recently held council meeting councillors tasked officials and the relevant political role-players with aggressively addressing the high water losses.

A primary target, agreed at the meeting, was to reduce the turnaround time in attending to and repairing water leaks.

“Currently the turnaround time is unacceptable at 15 to 24 days. We would like to have it at maximum of 5 days by the end of February 2017,” said Councillor Lovemore.

“In order to fix leaks, we need plumbers. Our municipality is woefully short of these artisans. Where we should have 54 plumbers in our Water and Sanitation Directorate, we had only 21. It is simply impossible to win the war on leaks under such circumstances. We are filling these vacancies.”

The metro is receiving about 3 000 calls a month at its 24 hour operations centre, dealing with reports of water leaks.

“We have a backlog, with about 20% of complaints lodged in June still not addressed. We have appointed contractors to help us blitz the backlog and get our leak-fixing turnaround time down to acceptable levels,” said Councillor Lovemore.

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