Leak detector to help solve eThekwini’s water problems


eThekwini Municipality is procuring a satellite water leak detector.

eThekwini Municipality is procuring a satellite water leak detector. iStock

eThekwini Municipality says it is at an advanced stage in procuring a satellite leak detector that will help detect water leaks in the City.

The detector is said to be a gamechanger for the City.

Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda welcomed the initiative, saying the new detector will provide sustainable solutions to water challenges facing eThekwini.

“This will assist [in increasing] revenue by reducing water wasted through leaks,” he said.

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Kaunda said the municipality is currently in partnership with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (Nedo) which has constructed the Remix Water demonstration plant to exhibit new energy efficient and environmentally friendly desalination technologies.

“These initiatives are evidence that the City is working tirelessly on projects that provide solutions to water challenges. This means improved availability of water for residents,” he said.

As the country is gearing up for National Water Week, the municipality said residents are reminded that South Africa has become water scarce. As such, water resources are under pressure with a growing demand for water supply.

To ensure water security for all, a collaborative approach is required from various stakeholders to respond to water challenges and advance water solutions, they said.

Kaunda appealed to the public to work with the City to respond to water challenges.

He said:

“We encourage residents to use water wisely and to report acts of theft and vandalism of water infrastructure through illegal connections, leaks and any other illegal activities.”

“This will reduce constant interruption of water supply and ensure water security for all residents,” he added.