Intervention helps dry Qwaqwa

2016-06-15 06:00
THE 16 trucks were on display at the Bluegumbosch abstraction point during the official handover.

THE 16 trucks were on display at the Bluegumbosch abstraction point during the official handover.

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The water problem in Qwaqwa is far from over, with Mpho Mabena, the communications manager of Maluti-a-Phofung (MAP) Water, confirming that in two to three weeks, they will have no water from the Fika Patso Dam to supply Phuthaditjhaba, as the water level in the dam is below 7%.

She said they had opened the water supply to Phuthaditjhaba to be used for their toilets.

Mabensa confirmed this during the official handing over of 50 JoJo tanks with a capacity of 10 000 litres each to be placed in 18 clinics, 24 crèches and 8 schools, as well as 16 additional water tankers to the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality. The handing over took place on Wednesday, 8 June, at the Bluegumbosch and Mandela Park Fire Stations.

This brings the total number of the water trucks in the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality to 57.

The department intervened through these short-term interventions because of the drought that had hit the country and the fact that the local municipality was in dire straits.

The deputy minister of Water and Sanitation, Pamela Tshwete, visited the Bolata area with her entourage, where they were shown some of the boreholes that had been drilled and used for water supply in the area.

They then proceded to the Naledi Crèche, where one of the 50 JoJo tanks is installed.

They then visited the Fika Patso Dam to inspect the level of the dam.

The last stop was the Bluegumbosch abstraction point, where the trucks receive water for delivery to the community. This is where the trucks were officially handed over to the municipality.

Tshwete said she had visited some of the areas in Qwaqwa and added that she was excited to see that the municipality was doing everything to supply water to the community.

“The exciting thing is that we have extended the Makwane water treatment plant from five megalitres to ten. That project will be completed in June.

“We know that water is life and we are happy to say we have done several interventions with the local government,” she said.

Executive mayor of Maluti-a-Phofung, Vusi Tshabalala, said they were humbled by the support from the Department of Water and Sanitation.

“The community has been complaining that they are getting water late, but I am sure that with the increase in the number of trucks, we won’t have that problem anymore,” he said.

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