By Fred Nel MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance:
A total of 88,177 billion kilolitres of water losses were reported in Gauteng’s three metropolitan municipalities from July 2014 to June 2015.
This is enough to fill approximately 35 000 Olympic sized swimming pools.
The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Jacob Mamabolo, revealed this information in a written reply to a DA question in the Gauteng Legislature.
(Click here to view the reply)
These water losses were largely due to flaws in the metering and billing systems in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.
Furthermore, the MEC ascribes the massive losses to illegal connections, physical leaks and reservoir overflows.
Old pipe replacement projects for the 2015/16 financial year will collectively cost the three metros R1,785 billion.
The City of Johannesburg alone will fork out R3, 138 billion over the next three years to replace pipes, faulty meters and install pressure reducing valves.
Where it governs, the DA has reduced water losses to below 21% through the effective implementation of an array of strategies.
Joburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni can take a leaf out of the DA-run City of Cape Town’s book to reduce the amount of losses and revenue being spent on frivolous programmes.
The 2016 Local Government Elections is fast approaching and the DA can deliver these programmes to cut water losses and improve services when it wins Tshwane, Joburg and Ekurhuleni.