City to fix wa­ter fit­tings

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - ANNA COX

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

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