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Time to end KZN water loss scourge, minister pleads

Home Government & Municipal Time to end KZN water loss scourge, minister pleads

MINISTER of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu has pleaded with KwaZulu-Natal municipalities and the provincial office of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to up their efforts to curb the scourge of water loss.

He was addressing Water Services Authorities during a working session at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban recently, where he also met various stakeholders to assess the status of water and sanitation security. The focus was on the lack of availability of water resources, funding for water infrastructure and related issues.

He was joined by his deputies, David Mahlobo and Dikeledi Magadzi, as well as several KZN mayors.

Mchunu described the scale of water losses in the province as alarmingly high, pointing out that it is lost through leaks, burst pipes, illegal connections, ageing infrastructure and vandalism.

‘’It is the right of the communities to receive water from us, it is not a favour, and it is also important to note that water is the main priority and the main supporter of life since it is important for everything. This is the commodity that is not in abundance in the country,” he said.

Mahlobo said that the eThekwini Metro was “losing the most amount of water in the country, Newcastle District Municipality loses approximately 30 million litres of water on a daily basis. This is a clear indication that the gravity of water losses in the province is extremely huge”.

Magadzi suggested that a comprehensive strategy was required and urged municipalities to hasten the installation of water meters with a view to receiving revenues.

Mchunu encouraged municipalities and the Provincial Department of Water and Sanitation to come up with innovative ideas to use rainwater.

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