A huge burst water pipe in Brummeria – which spurted water almost a metre into the air – leaked for hours last week before it was finally fixed.
Residents on Kuisis Road were left frustrated as water flowed from it for hours on end before being repaired.
The leak was first noticed at around 10:00 on Thursday and was still running strong by 16:00.
The leak had since been fixed, but a local ward councillor wants to replace the area’s entire water network because he fears the pipe could burst again in future.
Ward Pieter van Heerden told Rekord he is currently engaging with the city to replace the water network.
Van Heerden said the water network replacement in the area was not included in this year’s integrated development plan budget.
He remained hopeful that the city would allocate funds.
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“I am in talks with the city management to see if there is a budget to fix the pipes to avoid bursts like these.”
He said the pipe could have burst due to a combination of factors.
These include old pipe infrastructure and inadequate long-term maintenance. He added that, when a pipe is fixed, it might burst further down-line because the rest of the pipeline has been affected.
Van Heerden said there was a significant backlog in repair and maintenance of water leaks and bursts, as there has been a recent spike in numbers.
However, he urged residents to report water leaks and burst pipes to the city immediately.
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