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Water leaks wreck roads


“The leak, which is in the waterworks’ grounds, has become more and more severe over the last few weeks,”

STRUGGLE: Potholes on Meyer streets near the corner of Conrad Street in New Park.

CONSTANT water leaks at the Newton Reservoir, which have resulted in the deterioration of the roads in the area, have left city residents fuming.

One resident said yesterday that despite assurances from the Sol Plaatje Municipality that various leaking pipes would be repaired during the city-wide water shutdown last month, a major leak on the corner of Meyer and Conrad streets continued to result in a constant flow of water.

“The leak, which is in the waterworks’ grounds, has become more and more severe over the last few weeks,” the resident pointed out.

“It has been reported by numerous members of public as well as councillors, but nothing has been done by the municipality. On a few occasions municipal workers have pumped the water out from the area, but they have not repaired the leak.”

The resident stated that the road, which is the direct route to three major schools in the city, has deteriorated severely as a result of the water problem.

“It has got to the point where it has now become a serious danger to road users, as potholes are so deep that 4x4s struggle to get through, let alone the average car.”

He added that when he had enquired about the problem, he had been informed that the municipality’s waterworks department lacked the necessary skills to repair the leak.

“The municipality is clearly not concerned about wastage, expenses and the safety of the public and citizens. Members of the public, who are paying for the upkeep of the city, are being ignored by the municipality.”

Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, explained yesterday that the repairs to the pipes leading from the Newton Reservoir did not form part of the work undertaken during the water shutdown.

“There is currently a project being undertaken which involves the maintenance and upgrading of the Newton Reservoir network, where the old pipes at the reservoir are being replaced. Many of these pipes are very old and in some cases there are as many as eight leaks on one pipe.

“Part of the project is to manufacture and install manifolds that will allow for the isolation of an area from the supply in cases where there are bursts and leaks. This is aimed at improving on efficiencies and turnaround times on water network maintenance.”

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of June.