Large scale water wastage
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