How to stop your pipes from leaking steel
A woman walks past a sign warning against leaking steel pipe in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, on March 14, 2020.
A woman who lives in a five-storey apartment building in the city of Chennai was horrified when she discovered the steel pipe on the sidewalk in her apartment building.
“I came out of my room thinking ‘what is happening?
Is this happening?'” she told Al Jazeera.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said that she has seen many of the same problems in the past, including leaking pipes.
“It has been happening for a long time, but we are not talking about an epidemic anymore,” she said.
“But in a building like ours, the pipes are used for all kinds of other stuff.
It’s a common problem.”
She said the problem has been around for some time, and that the city government has not addressed the issue.
The city has about 500 million tonnes of steel pipes, and the pipes can leak due to corrosion and stress.
The Chennai City Planning Board has ordered a survey to identify the most vulnerable sections and ensure that the pipes have a proper seal.
“We have a plan for corrosion and the water leakage, but it hasn’t been implemented,” said R K Kothari, deputy city head.
“In fact, we are getting more complaints every day from people who complain of pipe leaks.”
It is unclear whether the pipes will be fixed soon.
The steel pipe is one of the main components of the building.
In Chennai, the water level is usually between one and five metres high, and it is common to find steel pipes leaking from cracks in the walls.
“People are scared of leaks, but in reality, they are getting leaks because they are using the pipes for their own purposes, like showering or eating,” the woman said.