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Metro calls on residents, especially in these suburbs, to monitor water usage

May 24, 2018
Metro calls on residents, especially in these suburbs, to monitor water usage

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Thursday called upon residents and business people to monitor their water consumption for any significant changes in their meter readings.

The call is directed especially to residents in Uitenhage, Despatch, Newton Park, Sydenham, Motherwell and New Brighton, as these are the areas where water leaks are most prevalent and in which a worrying trend has been observed. 

"As a result, the Municipality has identified them as focus areas. Residents and business owners are advised to perform monitoring overnight, when water usage is almost at zero," described Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications and Media Management Officer, Mthubanzi Mniki.

"If a resident or business owner notices any significant change in their meter reading, they must urgently contact a plumber for inspection and repair, at their own cost."

Mniki said that only residents under the Assistance to the Poor Programme (ATTP) are advised to call the municipal helpline number 0800 20 50 50 to report the matter.

"Water Services technicians will also be going to these areas to check leaks on the municipal water pipeline. Billing volumes of the affected areas will also be monitored closely, with the intention of identifying high water users," he added.

"Once identified, they will be given notice to decrease their volumes, failure to do so will lead to the installation of water restrictors on their properties."