More than 100 water pipes burst in Fourways in four months



More than 100 water pipes burst in Fourways in four months

blankFourways residents are frustrated as more than 100 water pipe bursts since June.



This bursts affected so many residents as it restricted water supply to their homes and disfigured the area.

According to Ward 115 councillor Chris Santana, the irregular water supply is as a result of failing asbestos and cement pipes.

“The residents are frustrated because this has become an everyday problem. The area is starting to look a mess because of the many holes.”

“The issue is that the pipes cannot handle the water pressure,” said Santana.

He said the city of Johannesburg had always been quick to respond to the frequent bursts but no permanent solution was provided.

“We have been trying to get a lot of things fixed, like potholes,” he added.

However, the DA chairperson of the Fourways constituency, Mark van der Merwe, said a pipe replacement project had been planned for identified streets.

“The infrastructure in-between the highway and Witkoppen, William Nicol is old. The  asbestos and cement pipes need to be replaced with the new blue pipes.

“I keep track of the bursts and work closely with the community and help them report them. We all have a group where we share pictures and short clips of the bursts.”

“We’ve had more than 100 since June 1,” he said. “We’ve had two mishaps but Joburg Water has been absolutely incredible.”

“Residents were very upset in the beginning but there is good communication, so they are sort of understanding.

“We have repaired some roads…the problem is that Covid-19 is slowing down the response,” said Van der Merwe.

Johannesburg Water spokesperson Isaac Dhludhlu confirmed that they were aware of the issues, he however appealed to residents to be patient.



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