The water wastage by municipalities in Gauteng is mainly caused by theft and the damage of infrastructure, water leakages, burst pipes, leaking reservoirs, blocked sewage systems, poor maintenance and old infrastructure.
All the municipalities in Gauteng have wasted a lot of water and there is no distinction to be made between guilty and innocent parties. The water wasted by each municipality is as follows:
Midvaal (De Deur/Walkerville, Eikenhof, Meyerton, Vaal Marina): R26,224,438.00
Total amount: R2,814,614,179.42
The FF Plus is worried about the extent of water wastage in Gauteng and is of the opinion that municipalities need urgent interventions to prevent Gauteng from suffering water shortages in the future due to the wastage.
The Gauteng government must put more pressure on the municipalities to ensure that the needless water wastage is brought to an end and that infrastructure is improved and better maintained.