Water going to waste

The area where the leak in a pipe was detected by residents in Section T, Ward 34, in Botshabelo.
The area where the leak in a pipe was detected by residents in Section T, Ward 34, in Botshabelo.

A leaking water pipe in Section T, Ward 34, in Botshabelo, has seen many litres of clean water going to waste on a daily basis.

This is after no effort has been made to fix a leaking pipe after residents reported it to the office of the Mangaung Metro Council in Botshabelo.

This state of affairs has angered residents who told Express that nothing was being done by municipal workers after the government had urged them (residents) to use water sparingly and report any leakage, due to water shortage following the crippling drought.

Clean water spouts from a leak at the corner at house 1240, Section T, in Ward 34, and has created a pond – making it difficult for motorists and residents to use the street.

The occupants of the houses where the leak is, complained that their yards were excessively wet as a result of the water spouting from the leaking pipe.

Some residents within the vicinity said water had been leaking into yards for the past three months.

“The leaking has not stopped since October.

“Almost everyone concerned about the leak did report it, without it being attended to,” one of the residents, who prefer to remain anonymous, said.

Because the street is flooded, it is difficult for vehicles to enter parts of the neighbourhood.

“I am also frustrated, but there is nothing much I can (do) but to take the municipality’s word and wait for them to take action, after trying to get someone in the municipality to respond,” another resident said.

According to Qondile Khedama, Mangaung Metro municipality spokesperson, the leak in question was fixed last year.

“Our engineering team indicated that the problem is bigger than what we viewed to be a small leak from the surface. They are currently attending to this, including other leaks, reported by members of the community.

“The war against leakages continues,” Khedama said.

“Yes, we do acknowledge that part of our water infrastructure needs a total overhaul, because when you repair it, a few days later there’s a leak again.”

Khedama said the city council had come up with a maintenance plan that is currently being implemented.

“It is also encouraging to see members of the community taking a proactive role in matters of their own city,” says Khedama.

At the time of going to print, Khedama had stated that he had also communicated with a senior engineer in Botshabelo regarding the leak which residents said had not been attended to after reporting it last year October.

Pres. Jacob Zuma stated in 2015 that leakages of water was costing the South African government R7 billion a year.

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