Bay water crisis dips to ‘disaster’ status

Metro starts declaration process as department threatens to close valves

As Nelson Mandela Bay’s water situation heads toward crisis levels – with dams reaching the dreaded 45% mark – the municipality has started the process to have the city declared a water disaster area.

It has also emerged that the metro is operating with only half of the required maintenance workers needed to address thousands of leaks.

Adding to an already dire situation, the metro has again been rapped over the knuckles by the Department of Water and Sanitation for not drastically reducing water usage in the Bay.

The department, which has again threatened to close the valves and implement forced water shedding, is demanding that the municipality explain why it has not cut the city’s water usage by 15% as instructed.

This was revealed at a portfolio committee meeting on Friday by the metro’s infrastructure, engineering and energy political head, Annette Lovemore.

She said Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane’s department felt there had been insufficient effort on the municipality’s side to curb water wastage or leaks.

A report tabled at the same meeting, revealed that although there had been a slight improvement, the metro’s efforts to reduce leaks were not yielding the desired results.

It only managed to reduce leaks by 1.2% between December and January.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 10:56 am
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    On: 05.04.2017 we reported a water leak in-front of our house. We followed up on 11.04.2017 – No Action from Municipality. My mother in-law also called the Municipality and reported the leak on: 13.04.2017, was given a different Reference number. I called again on: 14.04.2017 and again on: 18.04.2017 and every time, we are told a different story. The latest was, that it is now given to the plumbers for attention. Our Address and the leak is at: 12 Marais Street, Bothasrus, Despatch
    Its now been almost 20 days that the water is running down the street, but our Municipality is announcing Tariff Price Hikes and Strict Water Restrictions…Yet, they are happy that water runs down the road for 20 days from just 1 location??????

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