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Nelson Mandela Bay: We are losing lots of water

The DA says the water leakage problem corresponds to as much as a R1.2 billion annual loss.

Water. Picture: Free Images.

CAPE TOWN - The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has acknowledged it loses "a lot" of water annually but has refused to be drawn into specifics.

According to a Democratic Alliance report, the metro loses up 45 billion litres of drinking water a year due, to rampant and unattended water leaks.

The party says the water leakage problem corresponds to a between R480 million and R1,2 billion annual loss.

The municipality's Mthubanzi Mniki said, "We are losing water, it's true and it has been documented. We acknowledge that."

The DA's Nosimo Balindlela says Nelson Mandela Bay officials could learn from other municipalities.

"The Western Cape did it over their five year term because they put an action plan in place and they had a good monitoring system."