UPDATE: The water leak in Quarry Road caused by a broken pipe has still not been fixed.
It seems an attempt was made to stop the spray by placing a rock over it.
However, the rock has been removed and the spray is easily visible to passers-by.
Howard Smith, a resident of Newtown, Port Shepstone, noticed not one but two water leaks last Saturday and reacted immediately, contacting the Ugu call centre.
While driving along Quarry Road, Mr Smith heard water flowing. He parked his vehicle and upon investigation, discovered water flowing from a manhole. “The water was flowing from a valve. As I stood there, I heard the spray of water. I couldn’t see any other leak near the manhole and started following the sound of the spray. Across the road from the leaking manhole I was astounded to find a water pipe leaking at high pressure. A rock had been placed over the broken pipe to hide the spray,” said Mr Smith.
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He immediately called Ugu’s call centre and reported both water leaks. He was told that a reference number would be forwarded to him via sms. On Sunday, Mr Smith had not received an sms and thought that the water leaks had been repaired. When he discovered that was not the case, he lodged a second call, and after his neighbour made a third call on Tuesday this week and the leak was still not repaired, he contacted the Herald.
“It is incongruous that journalists and residents have to notify the municipality of leaks and faulty water valves. Water is a precious commodity and Ugu is seriously battling to cope,” said Mr Smith.
According to Ugu District Municipality spokesman, France Zama, technicians were dispatched to the leak yesterday (Wednesday) and found that there was a hole in the pipe which required welding.
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