‘Stolen pipes, water meters causing major maintenance delays in JHB’

The water utility says at least 500 water meters are stolen monthly and many others vandalised.

FILE: A burst water pipe in the Johannesburg CBD sent water shooting five metres into the air on Friday 13 September. Picture: @ashwinscheepers/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Water says the high number of stolen pipes and water metres are causing major maintenance delays around the city.

The water utility says at least 500 meters are stolen monthly and many others vandalised.

Areas in northern Johannesburg, including Parktown, have been experiencing frequent water cuts due to the large number of pipes stolen.

Johannesburg Water spokesperson Hilgard Matthews says they have spent over R200 million on repairs and maintenance in the past six months.

"We have many of our meters vandalised or stolen. If we didn't have as many meters stolen, it means our maintenance teams would have been able to go to the other bursts that are due to the normal tear."