Bold plan to save water

WHAT A WASTE: Friends Okuhlekodwa Taboshe, left, and Lisakhanya Bloem play with clean water gushing out of a tap in Walmer Township last year. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has tabled a plan to curb water losses which cost the city millions of rands every year Picture: MIKE HOLMES -
WHAT A WASTE: Friends Okuhlekodwa Taboshe, left, and Lisakhanya Bloem play with clean water gushing out of a tap in Walmer Township last year. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has tabled a plan to curb water losses which cost the city millions of rands every year Picture: MIKE HOLMES –

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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One thought on “Bold plan to save water

  • February 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm
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    Are they paying the artisans and plumbers per hr or on the number of leaks attended to.

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