Maintenance repairs ‘getting up to date’ in north

Metro workers repairing a sewerage leak in the north of Pretoria. Photo: Supplied

Pretoria North is steadily getting up to date with its maintenance repairs, according to local ward councillor Yolanda Duvenage.

ALSO READ: Murky, smelly tap water in the north

These repairs were expected to bring some relief to residents in an area plagued by persistent water and sewerage concerns of late.

“Trees are being trimmed, streetlights restored and some of the bigger sewage leaks have already been repaired,” said Duvenage.

Residents from other parts of the north were, however, not convinced and remain concerned that water leaks were not being repaired fast enough.

“I’ve been reporting a water leak in Jan Bantjies Street since July last year,” said Montana resident Sonja Pretorius.

“If the city was really concerned about water shortages, then they should prioritise fixing water leaks.”

Residents in Dorandia and Magalieskruin shared Pretorius’ concern.

ALSO READ: North water leaks an ongoing problem

 

Previously, residents were also complaining about smelly, brown water from taps in the north.

The Tshwane metro had issued a statement blaming the foul smell in the water on “warm weather”.

“An earthy compound called geosmin has been detected in the drinking water supplied to residents,” the statement read.

“However, the substance is not harmful to humans.

During warm weather, water sources such as the Vaal dam may experience increased densities of blue-green algae which results in the unwelcome taste and odour in the water.”

ALSO READ: Why water leaks remain a crisis in the north

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