Water main pipe leaks may be happening more often than many people would imagine. This is a sentiment I’ve drawn from an experience discovering three incidents of water pipe leaks within the month of February alone. Uh-huh!

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Water was coming down from the pipe. The last time I check, the problem has already been resolved.

The pipes were located on roadsides and one of them is in the picture shown here. In one occasion, a leaking pipe was sitting on one side of the main entrance gate of a health clinic.

The encounters last month have inspired me to do something.

A serious issue?

The issue of water pipe leaks is of a concern in the country, and, it is part and parcel of a larger problem identified as Non-Revenue Water or NRW.

If you’ve never heard of NRW, pay attention to these:

According to Wikipedia, “Non revenue water (NRW) is water that has been produced and is “lost” before it reaches the customer. Losses can be real losses (through leaks, sometimes also referred to as physical losses) or apparent losses (for example through theft or metering inaccuracies)…”

The Star reported on September 4, 2014, “According to the National Water Services Commission (SPAN), non-revenue water (NRW) accounted for 36.6% of all water pumped out of treatment plants in 2013, or about 5.69 billion liters a day.”

A call for support to help stop water pipe leaks

I believe we can play a role in addressing the issue of water pipe leaks that has been affecting us. If there’s anyone out there who listens and empathizes with the aforementioned sentiment, let’s try and help with what we can like making a phone call or using email to report a leaking pipe.

For two of the incidents I came to know last month, the points of contact were Syabas in Selangor and Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad in Melaka where the leakages happened and, meanwhile, I contacted Perbadanan Putrajaya for the other pipe which helped getting the issue rectified.

In conjunction with the World Water Day that’s going to be observed on March 22nd, I’m doing #stopwaterpipeleaks campaign on Kamversation. For this, starting today until end of March 2015, Kamversation will carry a banner bearing #stopwaterpipeleaks as a way to spread the word among readers.

Let’s save the water one pipe at a time!

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By Kam Hashim

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