Metro pleads for careful use

2016-10-26 06:00

The Mangaung Metro Municipality and Bloemwater are urging residents and businesses within the greater Mangaung area to use water sparingly and avoid irrigating their gardens.

This clarion call for consumers to take the initiative to also save water comes in the wake of the severe drought taking its toll across the country, with dams supplying water at their lowest levels. The call follows a meeting of the stakeholders who assessed the water situation.

Briefing the media on Thursday (20/10) about the severity of water shortages facing the greater Mangaung area, Tefetso Phitsane, chairperson of Bloemwater, said water levels at two dams supplying Mangaung, Welbedacht and Rustfontein were low.

By Thursday, he said, water levels were 9% for Welbedacht and 25% for Rustfontein.

“To improve water levels at the two dams, we need constant rain over three months. Currently, water levels at our dams are at their lowest and the current situation poses a serious threat with regard to water supply,” said Phitsane.

He said the stringent measures introduced on 3 July 2015 to address the serious water crisis have not yet yielded the desired results and that the current consumption of water was at 200 mega litres per day, exceeding the target of 170 mega litres per day, which is one of the measures to address the water crisis facing Mangaung.

Lebohang Masoetsa, Mangaung’s deputy mayor, said their findings revealed that the bursting of pipes and undetected leakages account for a high percentage of the recoverable water loss from the water supply network within the Mangaung Metro.

He said the city engineering department had adjusted its focus in line with the War on Leakes programme, meant to detect and repair leakages in the shortest time possible, and further encouraging residents and businesses to report leakages and pipes that have burst.

He said trained plumbers, qualified to deal with leakages and burst pipes, would be deployed within Mangaung.

Phitsane added that pre-paid meters were being installed as a concerted effort to address the water crisis, adding that such meters would be fitted at numerous car washes within the city while monitoring will continue.

Residents are requested to phone the call centre on 0800-111-300 or 051-410-6689, the disaster management centre on 051-409-9600 or 051-406-6666, or law enforcement on 051-405-8771 to report any pipes that have burst, as well as leakages.

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