PMB pipe gushing water for two years

2015-11-24 09:58
Woodlands resident Chota Essop stands next to the water pipe that has been gushing water for over two years. Essop said a fellow Woodlands resident had shown him the leak and was shocked to see the amount of water leaking from it.

Woodlands resident Chota Essop stands next to the water pipe that has been gushing water for over two years. Essop said a fellow Woodlands resident had shown him the leak and was shocked to see the amount of water leaking from it. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness )

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Pietermaritzburg - A burst pipe in Woodlands that supplies water to 70% of Northdale has been gushing hundreds of litres of water a day for over two years.

The leaking pipe was first discovered along the Otto’s Bluff Road two years ago by a Woodlands resident, who asked not to be named.

The resident said he would often pass by the pipe on his way home and it seemed to always be leaking.

“I approached people living near the pipe and asked how long it had been leaking water for, and they told me it had been a good few years,” said the resident.

“It leaks 24/7, day and night and comes out with such a force it can be heard from some distance away.

“I went to the municipality but they sent me to Umgeni Water. I was sent from one place to the next and got tired of walking in the hot sun to report a pipe that has not been fixed.”

He said he had reported the issue to Msunduzi Municipality but the pipe continued to gush huge amounts of water daily.

“The pipe runs under the ground onto a field and has lots of little leaks along it.

“The field is completely waterlogged. There is water seeping up from the ground,” he said.

He added that he had taken videos of the leaking pipe to show the force of the water.

“It is pure, clean water. You can see it and I don’t understand why it has not been fixed considering how important water is.

“Nothing can survive without water and here is a pipe that has been leaking water for over two years.”

The resident showed the pipe to fellow resident Chota Essop, who said he had been shocked to see the amount of water flowing from the pipe.

“When I saw the burst pipe, I thought, ‘My word, imagine how many litres of water are being lost every day.’”

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said yesterday that they were in the process of fixing the leak.

“[This] is a bulk pipeline that feeds approximately 70% of Northdale and in order to repair it, we would need to shut down the Northdale supply for almost 10 to 12 hours.

“This is not a standard size fitting, so we had to order the materials to be fabricated as per measurements on site.

“Once all the required materials according to the required specifications are available, we will send out notices to all residents notifying them of the planned shutdown.”

She said a clamp had been fitted onto the leak in the interim.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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