The Churchill Dam pipeline, which feeds a third of Nelson Mandela Bay, is once again spewing water – with the municipality promising to fix it later this month.
This follows extensive repair work on the pipeline last year. But thousands of litres of water have been gushing out for the past two months, at the same spot fixed last year on the west side of the Maitlands River.
Jacky Tolsma, 57, of Colleen Glen, who regularly walks along the beach near Maitlands River, noticed the leaking pipe in June. “It sounds like a waterfall.
The water has been spewing out of the pipe for the past two months and thousands of litres of water is being wasted,” Tolsma said.
She said she was concerned that the municipality was not monitoring the pipeline for leaks. Nelson Mandela Bay municipality spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki said the pipeline was checked regularly with maintenance always carried out.
“A specialised repair method needs to be carried out for this type of pipe, which adds to the planning process.” The pipe would have to be drained and an inspection done to determine what work was needed, he said.
“The repair will take place before the end of August if conditions are favourable,” he said.