Large scale wa­ter wastage

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Orrin Singh

A WA­TER leak in Em­pan­geni which was re­ported to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in May, has been left unat­tended. It fills a 1.5 litre bot­tle in only 4.28 sec­onds, which equates to 21 litres of wasted wa­ter a minute, 1 260 litres an hour, 30 240 litres a day and 907 200 litres a month. Over the pe­riod May to Au­gust there­fore, at least 3.66 mil­lion litres of wa­ter have be­ing wasted. But this is just the tip of the ice­berg. An­other leak ap­prox­i­mately 60 me­tres away have been left unat­tended for at least five years ac­cord­ing to a res­i­dent. Moses Ntombela (58) said wa­ter has been bub­bling out from un­der­neath the ground and run­ning into an ad­ja­cent su­gar cane plan­ta­tion with­out be­ing given any at­ten­tion since 2013. Ac­cord­ing to cal­cu­la­tions, this leak has con­trib­uted to al­most 20 mil­lion litres of wa­ter wastage dur­ing the five-year pe­riod. The is­sue was re­ported in June af­ter a con­cerned res­i­dent con­tacted the ZO. At the time, City of uMh­lathuze spokesper­son Mdu Ncalane said a team would be de­ployed to the area to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter. The ap­par­ent so­lu­tion was to in­sert a pipe to the source of the leak and sim­ply di­vert it off the road and into the bush where it is un­seen. It seems ironic that just around the cor­ner, less than one kilo­me­tre away, mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter tankers fill up thou­sands of litres of wa­ter to trans­port to neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties such as Nd­lan­gubo and Ntam­banana. A re­cent re­port re­leased by Statis­tics South Africa re­vealed that 91.7% of res­i­dents within the City of uMh­lathuze had ac­cess to piped wa­ter – the sec­ond high­est in KZN af­ter New­cas­tle (93%). The re­port fur­ther re­vealed that only 51,2% of house­holds in both the Ulundi and Mthon­ja­neni mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties had ac­cess to wa­ter, while in the Non­goma Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which falls un­der the Zu­l­u­land Dis­trict, a mere 11,5% of house­holds have ac­cess to piped wa­ter – the low­est pe­cen­t­age in the en­tire prov­ince. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity did not pro­vide com­ment at the time of go­ing to print.

Mu­nic­i­pal tankers pro­vid­ing com­mu­ni­ties with wa­ter are lled up ev­ery day less than a kilo­me­ter away from the three wa­ter leaks Orrin Singh

Leak three has been in the vicin­ity since May this year, of which a plas­tic pipe has been con­nected to the source of the leak and it gushes out wa­ter into a bush close to 4 mil­lion litres of wa­ter have been wasted due to this leak

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