Nine-month water leak

2015-12-29 10:25
Gilbert Bendall of Eagle Wings Security points to a water meter that has been submerged in water leaking from an underground pipe for the last nine months.

Gilbert Bendall of Eagle Wings Security points to a water meter that has been submerged in water leaking from an underground pipe for the last nine months. (Kailene Pillay, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A burst water pipe has been left unattended by the city for more than nine months, despite it being reported several times a week, according to an Allandale business.

Now the leak on Salford Road has created a pool of water and has completely submerged the water meter.

Rajiv Harryparsad, of Deepsons Transport, said they had reported the leak when it first sprang up in April, and then “every second day” since May this year. However, “no one has done anything about it”.

“Someone came out once a few months ago and just looked at the puddle. They got into their vehicle and drove off and we never saw them again,” said Harryparsad.

He said the business’s water meter is buried deep in the puddle of murky water and is unreadable by municipal staff.

“We don’t know how our meter is being read. Our utility bill is generally high because of the nature of the business; however, this leak could be adding to our bill,” said Harryparsad.

The burst pipe has since broken through the tarred pavement and water is continuously running into a nearby a gutter.

“We are just fed up with this. We go to the municipality and no one knows what is going on. We call in and the people at the call centre said they only log the complaint but have no idea when someone will be out to fix it,” added Harryparsad.

Gilbert Bendall, of Eagle Wings Security, also based in Salford Road, said they had also logged the burst pipe complaint with the municipality’s call centre.

“It is a waste of water and that is the main concern. When it rains heavily one day and is extremely hot the next day, the entire area stinks,” said Bendall.

Msunduzi acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said that according to their records, the matter was dealt with “within five days” after receiving a complaint in May this year.

However, another complaint was logged in October this year and she would need to investigate why the matter was not addressed then.

“According to our records, this has not taken nine months as alleged. The matter was sorted out in May; however, the second complaint in October has not yet been dealt with and we will investigate why,” said Madonda.


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