Leaking tap forms stream

2016-03-14 12:23
A water leak has turned into a stream running down a steep hill in the plantations near Chase Valley, allegedly for eight years.

A water leak has turned into a stream running down a steep hill in the plantations near Chase Valley, allegedly for eight years. (Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Chase Valley water leak that has allegedly been spilling water for eight years has now turned into a “miniature waterfall”.

What started as a small trickle is now a small stream running for over a kilometre down a steep hill in the plantations near Chase Valley up English Road.

A Chase Valley resident, who would not be named, said she had been walking her dogs in the plantations for eight years and could not remember a time where the small stream was not there.

She said the leak started at the top of the hill next to a tap by a water tank and had been running ever since.

She said over the last year, the leak seemed to have gotten worse, carving a bed out of the soil underneath it to for a small river bed.

“I reported it in 2014 and it was attended after several months and it seemed to be fixed, but it appears the pipe near the tap has burst again,” said the resident.

“The trees have been felled in the area and now there is nothing to absorb this water and it is just getting worse.”

She said that she reported the issue in February this year and was told it would take between three to six weeks to fix.

“I have called three more times since February and still nothing has been done,” she said.

She added that such a waste of water was a crime during the crippling drought across KwaZulu-Natal amid the water cut backs and water conservation campaigns.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the leak would be investigated as soon as possible.

She asked that the public continue reporting water leaks to the municipality.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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