City to fix water fittings
SOME 60 000 households registered on the city of Ekurhuleni’s indigency programme are to have their premises checked for water leaks.
City spokesperson, Themba Gadebe, said those registered in this project for low-income residents were entitled to nine kilolitres of free basic water per month.
Households whose combined or joint gross monthly income was less than the equivalent of two social pension grants per month, qualified as indigents.
However, the consumption in some households far exceeded this allocation due to excessive water leaks, he added.
“This direct loss of water has called for the city to fix leaking water fittings at identified homes across Ekurhuleni. The city will start with those with the highest water consumption,” said Gadebe.
The retrofitting project, which includes public schools, entails the replacement of leaking urinals, damaged flushing devices, and taps for leaking basins, baths and showers excluding geysers. Refurbishments of leaking external underground water pipes connected from the water meter to the house will also be attended.
Since the inception of the project in January, 227 stands have been attended to and the project will continue across Ekurhuleni until 2020 for all registered indigents.
“Although the main focus of the municipality is external leaks, all internal leaks will also be attended to so that technicians leave each household without a leak,” he said.
These efforts, said Gadebe, are part of the city’s leaks campaign, which is one of the five-year integrated development plan priorities.
Residents who meet this criterion of indigency are strongly encouraged to visit their nearest customer care centres to be registered on the municipal indigent database for assistance.
The field workers conducting the retrofitting can be identified by their ID cards with the city of Ekurhuleni logo.
Alternatively, residents can confirm the workers’ legitimacy with Mpho Chuene on 011 999 0166 or Thembi Khupuza on 011 999 4187 from the water and sanitation department. @annacox