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Certificate of Compliance of Water Installation, on Transfer of Ownership and in accordance with the water by-law Section 14(2) and SANS 10252 / SANS 10254.

For Transfers of Ownership, the Water By-law focuses on 6 goals:

Water Installation Compliancy
Water by-laws – Goal #1

Water is a scarce resource and our water resources must be managed responsibly. The City loses approximately 79 000 million litres of potable water per year in the distribution system and this is a means of controlling water wastage from private homes.

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Water Installation Compliancy
Water by-laws – Goal #2

Protecting the buyer from latent defect claims and high water bills due to leakages.

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Water Installation Compliancy
Water by-laws – Goal #3

Health and safety, very important. Not allowing a cross connection between storm-water and sewer. The greatest contribution to health in the last 100 years has actually been closed sewer systems and the quest to separate the spreading of such related diseases. Many hot water cylinders are being installed as aftermarket items and the installation is not always to specification.

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Water Installation Compliancy
Water by-laws – Goal #4

Water meter accuracy is essential, as new owners will be burdened with a backlog of faulty readings when they acquire the property and the buyer needs to know that all is clear when taking the property over.

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Water Installation Compliancy
Water by-laws – Goal #5

Leaks – latent defects again and a loss of water which contributes to our water crisis.

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Water Installation Compliancy
Water by-laws – Goal #6

This also provides an opportunity to gradually eliminate the increasing number of storm water connections into our sewers that is putting capacity pressures on our sewerage network and treatment capacity. It is important to note that these are illegal connections that people make after the approval of the plans and inspection of the completed buildings. Some of them are historical but, we need to address the challenge.

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What a Plumber is expected to check

  1. The Hot Water Cylinder is plumbed correctly, PRV of the correct value, vacuum breakers correctly installed, emergency overflow installed with a copper pipe, all overflows to be plumbed to the outside and discharge to the atmosphere.
  2. The water metre registered when a tap is open and stops completely when all taps are closed. If there is movement on the meter with all taps closed, this points to a leak somewhere on the property.
  3. None of the terminal water fittings leak and they are correctly fixed in position.
  4. No stormwater is discharged into the sewerage system.
  5. There is no cross connection between the potable supply and any grey water system which may be installed.
  6. The water pipes in the plumbing installation are properly saddled.
  7. Installation of an emergency shut off valves (isolating valves) to every property whether it is industrial, commercial or residential or individual units in blocks of flats.

Should there be any faults, we will submit a quote for any repairs to be carried out. Once the COC (Certificate of Compliance) is issued, we will email and post the Plumbing Certificate of Compliance direct to the Transferring Attorney concerned.

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