There has been a major water leak behind the Maphanzela Primary School in Thokoza for the past four months which has resulted in a deep water-filled trench forming behind the school.
The trench has become so deep, due to the continuous flow of water from the leaking pipe, that children in the area are now using it to swim in (pictures attached). These children are at risk of drowning or being injured while swimming in this trench.
I posed questions to the MMC for Water and Energy, Doctor Xhakaza, asking if his department was aware of this water leak and if so, why it has not been repaired despite it being reported more than four months ago.
I received the following reply:
“The Metro is aware of the water leak. The leak is on an old unused waterline that was decommissioned in the early 90’s. A few months ago the Metro discovered a leak and searched for the feed but could not find it. As the excavations from the retention dam were dumped on the old pipeline it was too deep for a normal TLB and we had to get a bigger excavator to reach the pipe. The Metro repaired the leak but the same day the pipe was vandalised by an unknown person. As where the water is feeding into this is unknown; we are unable to isolate the water and have fitted a stainless steel clamp to minimise the water loss.”
It is unacceptable that the Ekurhuleni Metro has failed to successfully repair this water leak for over four months. Not only does it pose a safety risk to the community but Gauteng, and the rest of the country, is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than 23 years.
As a result Rand Water has announced that it may be forced to introduce water restrictions in future and has urged Gauteng residents to use water sparingly.
It is critical that the Ekurhuleni municipality priorities the fixing of leaks, including the one in Thokoza, in order to minimize water wastage in the municipality.
Due to the fact that municipality has failed to address this problem over the past four months, I will be writing to the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Jacob Mamabolo requesting that his department urgently intervenes and ensures that the municipality fixes this Thokoza leak as a matter of urgency.
It is unacceptable that residents are being urged to use water sparingly while the Ekurhuleni municipality drags its feet when it comes to fixing leaks resulting in major water losses in the metro.
The DA will be monitoring this situation until it is resolved.
PR Councillor: Ward 48, Katlehong
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