Molewa reveals huge Free State water losses

2012-08-24 14:06

Cape Town - Free State municipalities are losing more than eight billion litres of water a month, according to figures tabled by Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

Worst affected is Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality - which includes the provincial capital, Bloemfontein - where exactly half the water supplied is lost.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Molewa said the average total water loss in the Free State's 20 municipalities was 8 650 619 kilolitres a month.

A kilolitre is 1 000 litres.

The biggest loss was in Mangaung: 3 315 059 kilolitres a month.

The reply does not specify how much of this loss is the result of leaking pipes, but a second annexure reveals that millions of rands have been set aside in the province for "water leak repairs" in the 20 municipalities.

It also shows that annual demand for water in the province (125 817 megalitres) is only slightly more than half the supply (238 102 megalitres). A megalitre is one million litres.

Molewa said her department had taken steps to help the municipalities reduce their water losses.

These include repairing leaks, installing meters, repairing leaking reservoirs and replacing ageing pipes.

  • kagiso.sebolai - 2012-08-24 14:26

    ur workers dont respond in time wen we complain about leaking pipes we have to beg them.....u can plan u like nothing will change if u dnt have man power...those old guys at Bloem water n MLM they are lazy and no1 is monitoring them....

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-24 14:29

      18 years lack of maintenance and ANC government.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-08-24 14:58

      They are just so lazy, just been told they will not have time to repair a leaking (gushing) fire hydrant valve,because they do not get paid overtime, I have been leaving messages since Tuesday. Well done BCMM in King williamstown, thousands of liters of water down the road.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-24 17:16

      Molewa used to be a minister now it turns out she is a reporter.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-24 14:37

    Loss of money, loss of water, loss of jobs, loss of stability, loss of control, loss of respect, loss of responsability. anc = loss of face

  • marthunis.britz - 2012-08-24 14:43

    Welkom have the worst case of untreated waste water spillage anybody can imagine two years ago the minister visited and gave the municipality 48 hours to fix the problem at the pumping station. Today the station and one of the holes of the golf course is under raw untreated drain water, and this just continues. No one seem to care about that nor does anybody answer to the health risk.

  • seymore.butt - 2012-08-24 15:21

    this amounts to criminal act given that SA is a water poor country to start with and by 2010 it was put on critical level as per water stress index - that means we no longer have enough resource of usable water available per capita.

  • - 2012-08-25 07:34

    Take any day in the city of Welkom and leaking and broken water pipes will be seen. In most cases it can take up to a fortnight before the pipes are repaired.

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