Work begins on Otto’s Bluff road to fix leaking pipe

2016-02-09 10:52
Municipal workers repair the leaking pipe on Otto’s Bluff road.PHOTO:

Municipal workers repair the leaking pipe on Otto’s Bluff road.PHOTO: (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Repairs on the two-year-old Otto’s Bluff road water leak are under way after three months of waiting for specially crafted parts for the leaking pipe to be delivered.

Msunduzi municipal workers, equipped with tools and the tailor-made parts, set to work on repairing the pipe yesterday. The pipe had apparently been leaking hundreds of litres of water a day for over two years.

The pipeline that feeds approximately 70% of Northdale, was shut down at the reservoir yesterday morning so work could begin.

Over 20 years old, the pipe had to have special materials ordered by the municipality as the fittings were so old, they were no longer being manufactured. The leak was reported in The Witness in November last year, after a report on a 17-year-old water leak in Howick.

Howick’s self-proclaimed conservationist Sandile Masondo reported that there was a burst pipe in Howick, across from the Umgeni River, that had been gushing thousands of litres of water a day.

Masondo said he first discovered the burst pipe when he was in high school 17 years ago, and after leaving school and becoming involved in conservation, realised the leaking pipe was a “massive problem”.

uMgungundlovu municipal spokesperson Mbali Ndlovu said that municipal technicians had been to the site and had repaired the pipe on November 24 last year.

“We request the public to report vandalism and burst pipes to our toll free number, 080 086 4911, where operators are on hand to advise technicians,” she said.


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