Pretoria – The City of Ekurhuleni says it continues with its project to replace 10 000 water meters that have exceeded their lifespan.
The R16 million project aims to ensure that water consumers are billed correctly and the loss of non-revenue water is reduced.
Non-revenue water is water that is pumped into the city’s water supply network, from Rand Water but is subsequently lost in the system.
One of the components of non-revenue water is real losses and apparent losses.
Apparent losses is water that is actually used, or consumed, but cannot be accounted for and is generally as a result of a combination of customer meter inaccuracies, unauthorised consumption or water theft, and data handling errors.
Member of Mayoral Committee for Water and Sanitation, Tiisetso Nketle, said that the aim of the project is to target and replace all aged domestic meters that are currently under-reading water consumptions, so as to increase the volume of water billed and thus accounted for by the city.
“In the 2015/16 financial year, over 5 000 meters were replaced under this project. This year we are doubling that number to ensure that more consumers are able to access and read their meters. This practice will lead to residents being aware of their consumption and save water,” said Nketle.
Meters that have been in operation for 20 years or more, and already been identified by the city’s Water and Sanitation Department are in Katlehong, Spruitview, Germiston, Alberton, Boksburg, Edenvale, Brakpan, Kempton Park, Tembisa, Nigel, Duduza and Springs.
Nketle said that the project has already begun in February in some of the areas and is expected to be completed by June 2018.
She said residents should at least expect a two-hour interruption during the installation.