The Mossel Bay Municipality has cut its water losses by more than fifty per cent over the past three financial years. Water losses amounted to 9,1 per cent for the 2011/2012 financial year, which is way below the national average of 25,4 per cent.
This has also placed Mossel Bay under the top ten municipalities in the Western Cape region in this regard. The Municipality received a special certificate for this from the Department of Water Affairs recently.
The Municipality has over the past number of years implemented several programmes and projects to reduce water losses. This included a leak repair assistance programme for indigent customers, the replacement of old water meters as part of an ongoing capital programme, provision of new water meters at unmetered erven, the implementation of bulk zone metering, which is remotely monitored via a state of the art telemetry system, and the replacement of old pipelines on a systematic basis.
The Mossel Bay Municipality’s potable water is distributed through seven water supply schemes at Great Brak River, Little Brak River, Sandhoogte, Friemersheim, Ruiterbos, Herbertsdale and Lodewykstenk.
These schemes collectively purify around 6 860 689 kilolitres of water per annum, which is distributed to 32 625 metered customers via 741 km of pipelines. The high water losses in the past were mostly attributed to reticulation leaks, illegal connections, unmetered connections and defective meters.
The measures implemented by the Municipality as part of its water conservation and demand management strategy have resulted in a significant reduction in water losses from 21 per cent in the 2009/10 financial year to 15,5 per cent in the 2010/11 financial year and a significant reduction to 9,1 per cent in the 2011/12 financial year.
The average water losses across the various municipalities in the country are in the region of 25,4 per cent. In July 2012 the Minister of Water Affairs told Parliament that municipal water losses in Mpumalanga were running at 50 per cent and at 41 per cent in the Free State. It also exceeded 50 per cent at several municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mr Dick Naidoo, Director Technical Services of the Mossel Bay Municipality, presents the certificate which the Municipality received for being amongst the top ten municipalities with the lowest water losses in the Western Cape.