Concern over leaking reservoir

A diving contractor was on site on Monday to repair the pipe.

Concern over leaks at the Clarendon reservoir was recently raised again by neighbouring residents. The cause of the leak this time was as a result of a hole in the overflow pipe.
Local businessman Yunus Asmall, who lives near the reservoir, said the footpath leading from the reservoir – that is also used by cyclists, runners and dog owners – had been gushing water down the pathway last week.

Last year 1.2 million litres of water went down the drain when Umgeni Water’s main reservoir overflowed due to a faulty sensor.

“This isn’t the first incident and I am sure it won’t be the last. We are just concerned about the amount of water that gets wasted everytime there was a leak,” he said.
Leaks at the reservoir, according to Asmall, have been a regular occurrence in the past five years and this time, despite several calls to the Msunduzi Municipality’s emergency number to report the overflow, his calls went unanswered. After numerous attempts and finally reaching someone on the emergency number, he was informed that the issue needed to be reported to Umgeni Water.
“I was then told by an Umgeni Water employee that the pipes were rusty and needed to be replaced. He said that Umgeni Water had to enlist the services of divers to assist with the pipe replacement. I was not told when the replacement would take place and how it will affect residents,” said Asmall.
Last May, 1.2 million litres of water went down the drain when Umgeni Water’s main reservoirs overflowed due to a faulty sensor.
Shami Harichunder, Corporate Stakeholder Manager for Umgeni Water said the water seepage was not an overflow from the reservoir, but instead a hole in the overflow pipe which is situated within the reservoir.
“Ordinarily, seepage of this sort would appear as an overflow. The most practical action to be taken in the circumstances was to drop the reservoir level to below water entry point (damaged portion) of the overflow pipe and continue supplying water until the services of a diving contractor was procured. It was determined that when the reservoir reached a level of below 65%, water had stopped flowing from the pipe, indicating that the pipe was damaged at approximately this level,” he said.
According to Harichunder, the reservoir was operating below this level from May 15.
“No consumers were affected. A diving contractor was on site on Monday to repair the pipe work and work is expected to be completed on the same day. There is no long-term solution,” said Harichunder.

  AUTHOR
Keroshini Paltu

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