City tackling water losses with free leak detection and repairs

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Cape Town – The City of Cape Town has accelerated the roll-out of its Water Leaks Project to indigent properties with free leak detection and repairs.

“The City has been assisting our indigent customers through the Water Leaks Project since 2005. However, recent investigations indicate a great need to accelerate the leak detection and repair work element of this project, especially while we are still experiencing the most severe drought on record,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

According to the City, the project focuses on areas which have the highest indigent property leakage rate in the metro.

This is part of the City’s drought action to ensure that water losses are kept as low as possible and at the same time to assist those who are unable to afford to fix leaks on their properties.

“We are focusing all our efforts on these areas and urge residents who are approached to allow the contractors onto their properties for them to detect and repair leaks. For some of these properties, we will be doing the repair work for a second time even if we identify they have already benefited from this intervention in the past,” Limberg said.

City contractors have investigated around 10 000 of the 30 000 identified indigent properties. Once leaks are detected, the team returns to complete the necessary repairs free of charge.

The City has also increased its leak detection work including the capacity of its leak detection teams to attend to private properties, especially in previously disadvantaged areas across the metro. In general, leaks on private properties are the responsibility of the owner of the property but many residents do not have the means to pay for fixing leaks.

Investigations have revealed a very high level of private leaks on a number of properties situated in vulnerable communities.

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