Nelson Mandela Bay budgets R62.3 million for non-revenue water losses

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

Nelson Mandela Bay has budgeted to spend R62.3 million in the four financial years between 2013/14 and 2016/17 to address non-revenue water losses.

The figures are contained in an item to be presented to Council by City Manager Mpilo Mbambisa on the awarding of a contract aimed at reducing the metro’s water losses and to increase revenue.

The City Manager points out that when a previous contract for this purpose was in place, the percentage of real losses dropped from 29.3% in 2009/10 to 21% in 2011/12.

However, the losses increased to 28.2% in the following financial year “partially due to the fact that the previous con-tract expired and, as a result, many of the other interventions (aimed at reducing water losses) slowed down”.

Mbambisa explains that one of the metro’s objectives is “to maintain the water distribution system throughout the municipality.

“As part of its Integrated Water Re-sources Management Strategy, the metro needs to reduce its non-revenue water. Water loss surveys assist this effort by systematically identifying high physical and commercial losses within the water supply system.”

The City Manager states that the municipality had a tri-annual contract which provided for the carrying out of water loss surveys and leakage detection on the water distribution system. The contract expired on June 24 last year.

He points out that failure to implement the contract will result in increased water losses as a result of leakages; increased water demand “requiring premature major capital expenditure” and a decrease in revenue “as a result of theft and meter inaccuracies”.

The contract is for a fixed period of three years.

Mbambisa explains that the Water and Sanitation Division does not have “sufficient internal capacity” to implement all the interventions which is why an external service provider is required. -MetroMinutes