Johannesburg in Fourways residents have been experiencing 100 water pipe burst since June. That has affected many residents, causing curiosity. The disaster is recognized by officials promising that they will be fixed.
Mark van der Merwe, chairperson of the Fourways constituency for the DA, said that an emerging pipes they had already planned on replacement project for the streets of residents which are affected.
“I keep track of the bursts and work closely with the community and help them report them. We all have a group where we share pictures and short clips of the bursts. We’ve had more than 100 since June 1.
“We’ve had two mishaps but Joburg Water has been absolutely incredible. Residents were very upset in the beginning but there is good communication, so they are sort of understanding.
“We have repaired some roads … The problem is that Covid-19 is slowing down the response. Another major inconvenience is the reinstatement of pavements,” said Van der Merwe.
Ward 115 councillor Chris Santana said, “The residents are frustrated because this has become an everyday problem. The area is starting to look a mess because of the many holes. The issue is that the pipes cannot handle the water pressure,” said Santana.
He said the disconnected water supply was mainly due to failing asbestos and cement pipes which are to be replaced with new blue pipes.
The infrastructure in-between the highway and Witkoppen is old.
Johannesburg Water spokesperson Isaac Dhludhlu said “We have started the process of generating a work request that should get priority and funding through our planning and capex programme.
In the meantime, we will have a standby team dedicated to the area specifically, and will work around the clock to do repairs as the burst pipes occur to limit the duration of the water interruption.”
He pleaded with residents to be patient as they are aware of the pipe burst issues .