Kimberley loses nearly half its water

2012-02-27 22:30

Bloemfontein - About 45% of water purified for human use in Kimberley is lost through leaks, a municipal study has found.

The study, commissioned by the Sol Plaatje municipality in 2010, found that only 26.2% of the water it distributed was properly metered, invoiced and paid for by consumers.

Municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie said on Monday that an overhaul of infrastructure had already begun to tackle the problem.

"The remaining activities [recommendations] will start as soon as designs and budgets have been finalised," he said.

Matsie said the municipality asked for the study after realising its water supply system was not functioning efficiently.

The audit revealed that 75 megalitres a day - 45% of all the water produced -- was lost because of leaks in the system.

Matsie said it had also emerged that the municipality had about 5 900 residential non-paying consumers and about 235 non-residential consumers not paying for water.

There were an estimated 7 800 illegal connections.

Other problems identified included stuck water meters, undersized and old water meters, properties with no meters, and meters with no readings.

Matsie said steps would be taken to make the water network more efficient and reduce leaks by as much as 30%.

  • Cracker - 2012-02-27 22:47

    Maybe Stalin and his communist party had a solution in the old Soviet Union of the 40's and 50's. A centralized team of inspectors. They inspected and reported. If you didn't do your job you and your family were in deep trouble and you were likely to end up in some labour camp as punishment. Late for work? Off you go to Siberia. Now that we are waiting for the finalization of the measures to introduce a "developmental state", some of the elements of the Stalinist solution may just be appropriate. If you f.up and people for example are left without proper clean water supply, you will pay the prize. Somehow it sounds fair.

      John - 2012-02-28 04:35 don't know about USSR in 40's and Stalin. Stalin had the solution and I agree with you. He was not debating, just shooting. In famous Siberia was only the "free labour with different opinion".

      Max - 2012-02-28 05:35

      Cracker, I agree with your solution in the current context but this whole thing could have been avoided if the cronies that were appointed in management positions understood the basic concept of infrastructure MAINTENANCE, a concept I assume we do not have a word for in any African language.

      Ben - 2012-02-28 06:18

      If you do something right the first time and exercise proper contol on a continuous basis, the results are astounding. Re-inventing the wheel is very costly and causes immeasurable damage.

      John - 2012-02-28 06:37

      @MAX Put bread on the table. Stop with this Maintenance Propaganda. Lets Talk This is a revolutionary office. Max, maybe eConcept is the word...hahaha

      Cameron - 2012-02-28 07:11

      No need to leave SA for experience on how to "deal with con-conformists". Under the previous government, hundreds dissappeared without trace, lol. Many families are still looking for the remains of their loved ones as (previous) Special Forces operatives still refuse to tell, lol.

      Ian - 2012-02-28 08:29

      Save the water!! DA to the rescue for Kimberly!!!

      frank.kistler.31 - 2012-09-19 09:48

      Ons doen mos nie planning nie lol!!!!!!

  • tina.schilling1 - 2012-02-27 23:02

    Why the hell are the powers that be, including the people living there not burning tyres by now insisting for a total change to the apparent imbeciles running this chaotic, life threatening mess !!????

      John - 2012-02-28 04:44

      Aeeey Tina, Economics are simple. Put bread on the table. Water is water. Where is the other 55% water of the majority?

      Johan - 2012-02-28 07:37


      tina.schilling1 - 2012-02-28 07:42

      Water IS life! You can go for three four days without food, but not without water, and if you even think of eating cow dung and water from the loo then you are a dead man/woman/child.....water price currently must be at a premium .. can they not ask why.... are there no savvy ratepayers Civic based organisations not phoning radio stations, local newspapers to have bitten this in the bud long ago? Thank goodness I live in Cape Town and am an active member of the public and part of my Ratepayers..and it shows down here...take ownership people

  • John - 2012-02-27 23:17

    26% are then subsidizing, or paying for the resat of the towns water... sounds like the rest of the country. They needed to do a study, which took over a year to conclude, that 46% is lost through leaks and only 26% is metered.... What the.... Measure the water leaving your filtration plants and add up volumes you invoicing and you have the answer. If only a quarter is accounted for you have a problem.... Why does it take a year... and how many years did it take to realize there was a problem in the first place. And the ANC council are proud of their achievements.

      Ian - 2012-02-28 06:12

      It took years because only when there was so little money coming in, did they realise they would have to cut down on their lifestyles. So they put it off as long as possible, to make sure they continued getting their "benefits" before the investigation found out anything serious.

      tina.schilling1 - 2012-02-28 07:45

      Amen...take ownership all of you...sometimes it is called commonsense!

  • Peter - 2012-02-27 23:31

    The only solution to this life-threatening problem is to vote DA next time. Sorry you didn't think of it last time...

      Bryn - 2012-02-27 23:55

      It amazes me how even a single person in this country can vote ANC. The definition of madness is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

      Sean - 2012-02-28 00:27

      @ Bryn - 2 Reasons why they vote ANC 1) They dislike WHITE people , that`s how they were brought up ! 2) They are totaly uneducated and believe all the bull sh@t the corrupt ANC feeds them !

      Smith - 2012-02-28 06:54

      The DA is no better than, the ANC. Two birds of the same kind with different feather colours. What we need is the youth of our country taking the driver's seat, irrespective of race, colour or creed, and coming together with a credible alternative to the ANC/DA etc, lunacy that now pervades our country. The older generation's lense will always be soiled with remnants of partisan and divisive views of the past, which will take us nowhere. YOUTH- "THE FUTURE IS NOW"

      Liz - 2012-02-28 08:16

      @Smith - do not expect too much support as some youth leaders have left a very bad taste in most people's mouths .... but in many respects I totally agree with you. The older generation is somewhat stuck in the past as they perceived and experienced it. I meet and work with lots of young people who have a lot to offer and have a vision of South Africa as a place of hope and happiness for all its citizens. I cannot see them "fitting in" with either the DA or the ANC so I do not know how they will find a political "home"

  • pjn123 - 2012-02-28 00:08

    Kimberly se groot gat

      Sean - 2012-02-28 00:28

      Alles gaan sy GAT sien in S.A !

  • Johan Kritzinger - 2012-02-28 02:45 A study done by CSIR in 2004 on water leaks in local municipalities. The results were available in 2004. It is now 2012

      Adam - 2012-02-28 04:02

      They waiting for a bigger kickback on the tender.? Maybe they need a kick in the tenders.

      John - 2012-02-28 04:48

      Thanks for sharing with us Johan

  • Patrick - 2012-02-28 03:21

    im surprised!!! :/

      John - 2012-02-28 04:45

      How the hell can you be surprised, it's more like par for the course.

      Patrick - 2012-02-28 10:07

      ok, im sarcastically surprised!!!

  • Dennis - 2012-02-28 04:49

    What else do you expect from the anc ? Everything working perfectly ?

  • raegan.mcreed - 2012-02-28 06:07

    we need to stop the bigger leaks within the A.N.C , then maybe all other leaks shall be sorted....

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-28 06:23

    What a waste of water... sickening actually

  • Tim - 2012-02-28 06:31

    switch off the street lights!!!

  • Zion - 2012-02-28 07:02

    You aint seen nothing yet: Circa 2006/7 the electrical losses in Kimberley was 25%. This was caused by theft via illegal connections especially in the townships. Much of the meters were Jippo'd or as soon as the meter reader has left the meter is bridged out. An extension lead over the fence is the secondary electrical distribution system in Kimberley. All is free. When seen in perspective it must be remembered that the total electrical load includes businesses and heavy and light industry. It seems all are on the bandwagon. The mines are excluded from these calculations. In one case the water from a broken pipe was gushing out and formed a river down a road for 4 months. Hey Ed: Kimberley has a second "e" second last.

  • Paddy - 2012-02-28 07:23

    Basics............and at what price?

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  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-28 07:34

    The sooner I lead this country the better.

  • Charmaine Paterson - 2012-02-28 07:45

    Instead of paying for a study, they should climb in their expensive cars and drive around the city, you can see the water running down the potholed streets. There was a leak opposite the reservoir for more than six months. A major road was blocked for months, while they waited for replacement parts, and water leaked out of the temporary repair. The pumps at the river are ancient and constantly need repairs. You'd swear the municipal workers don't live in Kimberley.

      Zion - 2012-02-28 08:33

      When I was working on De Beers in Kimberley The municipal engineering staff requested the loan of a spare part from inside an High tension switch to get their plant at Riverton/Langleg back onto line. It is startling to know that these people have a legal mandate to supply water yet have no spares.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-28 08:58

    Another failure by government, but they don't really care, the ratepayer gets shafted with the cost of the lost water as well, the ANC as usual smiles all the way to the bank.

  • Olivia - 2012-02-28 09:40

    Only in Africa!! Unbelievable geees!

  • stephen.brooke - 2012-02-28 16:21

    Well, of course there are unattended else would John Block have justified more water purification plants to make up the losses and get his kickbacks?

  • Mark - 2012-02-28 17:28

    Bunch of ANC bunglers running grand old Kimberley. Deadwood. Parasites. Incompetent lazy, stupid selfish sods... I feel better now.

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