A project to install water meters is under way in Tsakane, an area identified to have high water losses. About 11 000 unmetered stands will receive new meters and City officials will also repair leaks in metered stands.
A total of 5 232 stands have already been serviced and the remaining 5 768 will be installed by April next year.
The new meters are expected to reduce the percentage of non-revenue water, currently at 34.5% and eradicate the backlog of unmetered stands.
This is part of the City's War on Leaks Campaign, which has been prioritised in the five-year Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the 2016/2017 financial year.
The installation of meters will not only lessen water wastage but will allow residents to monitor their water use and identify any internal leaks, which is a contributing factor to high water bills. Fixing internal leaks is not the main focus of the municipality, however as part of this project all internal and external water leaks will be attended to.
This is to ensure that technicians leave each identified household leak free.
Non-revenue water consists of water that is distributed by Rand Water into the city's water supply network and is subsequently "lost" in the system. Water losses are accounted as real and apparent losses. Apparent losses happen when water is used, or consumed but cannot be accounted for and is generally a result of a combination of customer meter inaccuracies, unauthorised consumption, water theft and data handling errors.
Real water losses are water that is lost due to water leaks, burst pipes and illegal connections.