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Can Joburg Water Stick to Its Pipe Replacement Plan?



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Johannesburg Water has responded to an enquiry from the Rosebank Killarney Gazette regarding the ongoing issue of pipe bursts in the paper’s coverage area. The external communications officer at Johannesburg Water, Nolwazi Dhlamini, was asked how to prevent such incidents.

Dhlamini stated that Johannesburg Water has a pipe replacement program to address the ongoing water pipe bursts across the city to reduce burst frequencies and minimise water losses. “The entity has a pipe replacement programme that aims to reduce burst frequencies and minimize water losses.”

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She also noted that for the current financial year (July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023), Johannesburg Water allocated R69 622 million for the pipe replacement programme, and for the next financial year (July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024), they budgeted R105 million for water pipe replacement.


Johannesburg Water has already replaced 452km of piping (water and sewer) since the commencement of the pipe replacement programme. Furthermore, the entity plans to replace another 31km of water piping in the next financial year.

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