Water way to go: Gauteng metros lose R1.2bn annually from water theft

Audacious thieves target reservoirs, fire hydrants and bulk-pipe networks, leaving thousands parched

25 October 2021 - 19:30

A whopping R800m. That is how much Ekurhuleni loses annually to water thieves.

Thieves and “pirate plumbers” are draining Gauteng metros’ water budgets, with Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni annually losing a combined R1.2bn worth of water to criminals. Annually in Tshwane and Johannesburg, 25-billion and 15.6-billion litres are stolen respectively...

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