UPDATED: Water leak fixed after reports in 'PE Express'

FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES

UPDATE ON CHARLO WATER LEAK:

The water leak at the park in Charlo has been fixed.

The PE Express received an email from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Acting City Manager, Johann Mettler, on January 21, informing us that the leak has been fixed.

"The leak referred to in PE Express 20 January was fixed today, 21 January. We are putting measures in place to respond speedily to such failures," Mettler wrote in the email.

Another resident, Janet Melville, also sent an email with pictures of the water leak being fixed.

"That leak has been there for at least a year and a half and the birds have been loving it as they drink there. I took some photos where a team was fixing it. There was also water pouring out of a manhole on the corner of the road. I got a victory dance from one of the workers. It's marvelous the power of the press," she said.


A CHARLO resident has been battling since October last year for the water and sanitation department to attend to a leak in a park, but without any luck or any response, causing a loss of water to the tune of more than R66 500.

Eugene Weitz says he returned from a holiday on October 5 last year and on taking his dogs for a walk in the park between Harold, Angela and Walther roads in Charlo he noticed a water leak. Thinking that it had most probably been reported, he took no action.

He said the water that had been wasted since he first reported it added up to about R66 528 and was increasing.

He calculated that amount by taking a flow of a litre per second, meaning 60 litres for every minute and 604 800 litres a week at an average price of R10/kl. It means that the municipality has wasted more than R66 500 while it was aware of the leak.

“On October 18 I noticed that the leak had not been repaired and I immediately reported it to the municipality. On November 1 I once again reported the leak to the municipality, but they refused to give me another reference number, as I had already reported it earlier.

“On November 10 there was still no reaction from the municipality. I then reported it to the DA ward councillor for Ward 8, who referred the complaint to Ward 6, as it is their area of responsibility,” Weitz said, adding that the DA had told him they were also still waiting for a response.

According to Weitz, the soil is totally soaked for a large area below the leak and, taking the lush growth of grass into consideration, it can clearly be seen where exactly the leak originates and how far the water has spread. There is also a small pool where the water is siphoning out, giving the birdlife a welcome drinking hole.

“The leak can be clearly seen as there is a little puddle of water where the birds drink water. As you look from the puddle in the direction of Walter Road, the lush growth of grass indicates where the water is coming from as there is a very clear “arrow” of green growth towards Walther Road.

“The soil is soaked for the whole width of the park and about 70 metres towards the direction of 17th Avenue,” Weitz said.

  • The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality had not responded to queries by the time of going to print.

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