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Prioritising Water Leak Repairs Takes Center Stage in Tshwane



Prioritising Water Leak Repairs Takes Center Stage in Tshwane

The Tshwane municipality has made a firm commitment to prioritise repairing water pipe leaks within the city, underlining its understanding of the critical role water plays as a finite and precious resource. Themba Fosi, the Municipal Member of the Executive Committee (MMC) responsible for utilities, emphasised the city’s duty to provide a dependable water supply and protect it for the benefit of all residents.

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In recent months, the municipality has extensively evaluated its water infrastructure and identified the mitigation of water leaks as a paramount concern. The city acknowledges that tackling these leaks is a fundamental step in guaranteeing access to clean and safe drinking water for its inhabitants. Fosi acknowledged the understandable frustrations of residents when confronted with unattended water leaks, encouraging them to participate actively in the municipality’s endeavours. This participation includes reporting leaks, conserving water, and supporting initiatives to secure a sustainable water supply for future generations.

Notably, the city of Tshwane recently found itself embroiled in a public dispute with Rand Water over the issues surrounding the low water supply experienced by Tshwane residents. This dispute unfolded on social media, with both parties publicly blaming each other. The city contended that Rand Water bore responsibility for the water supply problems, citing insufficient reservoir capacity due to low-pressure issues. In response, Rand Water claimed that the city had surpassed its water allocation and was reluctant to implement water restrictions or disseminate conservation messages.

Both the city and Rand Water have subsequently apologised to residents for their respective roles in the inadequate water supply. Meanwhile, the municipality has elucidated the consequences of failing to conserve water:

  • Frequent water leaks result in disruptions to the supply of water to homes and businesses, causing inconvenience and disturbances in daily life.
  • Increased water bills for residents add to the financial strain households face.
  • Damage to roads, buildings, and other infrastructure leads to costly repair and maintenance efforts.
  • Wasted water contributes to environmental issues, including the depletion of water resources and increased energy consumption for water treatment.

In response to these challenges, the metro is actively pursuing several proactive measures to address water leaks:

Increased Maintenance: The city is intensifying efforts to swiftly identify and repair leaks through investments in maintenance and infrastructure improvement projects.

Community Reporting: Residents are encouraged to report any suspected water leaks to aid in their prompt resolution.

Public Awareness Campaigns: Initiatives to educate residents on the significance of water conservation are being rolled out to promote responsible water usage.

Collaboration: The city is working closely with relevant stakeholders, including local communities, to raise awareness about water conservation.

Emergency Response: In cases involving significant leaks or infrastructure damage, emergency response teams are readily available to minimise disruptions and ensure the swift restoration of services.


The Tshwane municipality is committed to rectifying its water supply issues and ensuring the sustainable provision of clean water to its residents, recognising that water is a precious and finite resource that must be preserved for the well-being of current and future generations.

Source: Tshwane to priotise repair of water leaks

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