March 17 – Fix and Report Water Leaks

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” ~ Jeremiah 2 :13

“A drop a day, wastes the water away” / “Don’t be a LEAK in the pipeline”

According to World Wildlife Fund South Africa’s report 2016: 37% of water in our urban piped water systems leaks out or is used illegally. That is more than a third of the country’s water going to waste. That is a rather alerting number and something definitely needs to be done about it. Finding and fixing leaks is an essential part of reducing water wastage in our homes, businesses, sports clubs, schools, places of worship, and everywhere else in our communities

What can you do?

  • Implement smart metering to give alerts when leaks occur.
  • Track water usage using an app and set water usage targets.
  • Shower instead of bath.
  • Compile a list of plumbers and municipal numbers for repairs
  • Report water leaks

How to check for a leak at home:

  1. Stop all water use. Close all taps on the property and don’t flush toilets.
  2. Check and record your meter reading.
  3. Wait 15 minutes and take another reading. Make sure nobody has opened a tap or flushed a toilet since you first noted the meter reading.
  4. If there is a difference, you have a leak to fix. As per the City’s Water By-law you need to take action quickly.
  5. If you know how to fix a leak, fix it yourself or call a plumber to help

Always report leaks in your local municipality. Here is a link for contact details to report leaks: https://m-net.dstv.com/show/carte-blanche/news/report-water-leaks/news

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