Fire hydrant being used by construction company illegally – Joburg Water

The fire hydrant in Modderfontein which, according to Joburg Water, is being used illegally.

Residents are concerned about the fire hydrant that is being used by a construction company in Modderfontein.

Tony Heartgill, a Modderfontein resident, said he noticed water coming out of the pipe and realised that the company working there had attached a pipe to source water from the hydrant.

“This is concerning because the construction company should not be using water from the hydrant. The water is flowing all over, which is a waste, considering we have a water crisis in this country,” he said.

Clr Bongani Nkomo, Ward 32, said he was made aware of the concerns raised by a resident on October 17.

“It has been forwarded to the Joburg Water team. It seems as though the company is making use of a fire hydrant and has attached its own pipes, which I don’t think is legal at all. I will follow up with the team as they have indicated that they would investigate and get back to me,” said Nkomo

Isaac Dhludhlu, communications and marketing manager for Johannesburg Water said they had not received any complaints regarding this matter at the time the NEWS contacted the department.

“As I received this email, I have referred this matter to the revenue department’s commercial loss division to investigate this illegal connection. There is no burst pipe. The pipe is incorrectly connected with wrong fittings,” said Dhludhlu.

He said the connection was illegal and the commercial loss division would issue the construction company with a letter of compliance, disconnect the illegal connection and inform the Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) to issue a fine.

“The commercial loss division will also estimate a water loss and recover it on the account of the site where the construction is taking place,” he said.

Buli Sonqishe

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