Sewerage and water leaks plague Pretoria North street

Sewerage in a yard in Ben Viljoen Street. Photo: Supplied


Burst water pipes and the stench of raw sewerage had Pretoria North homeowners seething this week.

“Water has been leaking underground for almost a year now,” Ben Viljoen Street resident Louis van Wyk told Rekord.

“Three times the metro came out to repair the water leak – but it does not take long for the leak to appear above ground again.”

Another resident, Heinrich Muller, also reported sewerage streaming down Ben Viljoen Street this week.

“Apart from the water leaks, we now have to deal with the stench as well.”

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Muller said though the sewerage pipe was recently repaired, the sewerage that flowed down the street and into his yard has not been cleaned up and is “rotting out in the sun”.

“Nothing has been cleaned up, so we are left with this horrid smell.”

Muller blamed a new property development in the street for putting pressure on failing infrastructure.

“I cannot understand how a new development can be allowed before the infrastructure is upgraded,” said Muller.

“More houses means more people will be living here, and the infrastructure must be upgraded to provide for the extra sewerage, water and electricity needs.”

“There is not enough repair teams and resources to attend to all the problems at once,” said Dana Wannenburg, commenting on behalf of the Pretoria North ward councillor.

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“Major water leaks are first on the priority list. It is a massive process to dig up and replace a burst water pipe – and it requires specialised equipment.”

In response to residents’ complaints and concerns about service delivery, ward councillor Yolanda Duvenage has arranged a community meeting for next week.

Duvenage invited residents to attend the meeting at Pretoria North city hall on 7 February at 18:30.

“The meeting will discuss service delivery in Pretoria North, Wolmer and Klein Dorandia,” she said.

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