In a major move to save hundreds of millions of rands lost through water leaks every year, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has unveiled a bold plan which involves hiring about 900 plumbers and artisans to fix leaking taps, burst pipes and blocked drains.
Adding to its water-saving efforts, the municipality recently appointed two contractors to detect and fix water leaks in the Bay.
The news comes after it was revealed in the auditor-general’s report for the 2013-14 financial year that the metro incurred wasteful expenditure of R329-million due to water losses.
More recently, city manager Mpilo Mbambisa said in the 2014-15 mid-term budget performance report that between July and November last year, 40% of all water usage in the Bay was wasted water.
The city’s head of infrastructure and engineering, Walter Shaidi, told councillors at a municipal public accounts committee (MPAC) meeting yesterday that they had developed a strong strategy that would reduce water losses.
-Rochelle de Kock
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