The war on water leaks is showing positive results for Mogale City, which is now at least R25 000 a month better off as a result of not having to pay for water lost by leaking pipes.
The West Rand municipality has Krugersdorp as its urban hub and stretches to the north-west of Gauteng including the predominantly agricultural areas surrounding Hekpoort and the mixed land-use area of Muldersdrift.
The war on water leaks impact assessment was launched in the municipality two years ago, as part of a comprehensive water conservation and demand management programme. It was initiated to put a stop to water loss and loss of revenue to the municipality.
“This has seen a total saving of about 7 000 kilolitres of water a month, an average of R25 572 ,” mayor Calvin Seerane said during a visit to the area by Water and Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi.
The first steps in the initiative saw R2m go to training unemployed young people from the Kagiso township. They were given the skills needed to find and log leaks and understand control valve operation. Another part of their training focused on informing local residents of the need to use water wisely.
Their target of inspecting, detecting and logging leaking pipes at 200 households and 21 schools in the municipal area has been completed and the 40 youngsters are now a firm fixture.
“Before the war on water leaks started here we had taps without handles, meters that did not work properly and leaking toilets.
“Many of these have been properly fixed and this project must continue its good work,” a community member told the deputy minister. – 701176