Party has ‘master plan’ to solve water crisis in Qwaqwa

2016-06-29 06:00

PHUTHADITJHABA. – Moeketsi Lebesa, the president of the Dikwankwetla Party of South Africa, said his party has a solution for the on-going water crisis in Qwaqwa.

He said the party would make it a priority should it win the upcoming local government election.

The Qwaqwa community has been without running water since December and the local municipality is helping with water trucks.

However, Lebesa said there was a better solution than using trucks. He said his party has a master plan for Qwaqwa.

“We are going to reconnect the old pipes to Metsi Matsho from Fika Patso,” he said.

He said before 1986, the Qwaqwa community had received water from the Metsi Matsho Dam.

“When we built the Fika Patso Dam in 1986, we disconnected the pipes from Metsi Matsho and connected them to Fika Patso.

“Dr Kenneth Mopeli had instructed that the pipes should not be removed but should be left there, so that they could be used when the need arose.

“Some areas in Qwaqwa had been getting their water supply from those pipes during the times when the supply from Fika Patso was closed,” he said.

Lebesa was speaking at the party manifesto launch that was held at the Tshiya Resource Centre in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, on Saturday (25/06).

“The second option is to use the pipe at the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State. The idea had been to supply water to the reservoirs, but those reservoirs had never been used.

“The contractor could not complete them, but if the Maluti-a-Phofung residents vote for us we will work on those things,” he said.

Lebesa said the process could take them about ten days and added that they had a long-term plan.

“We have the Sterkfontein Dam purification plant of 100 megaliters that can help us supply the whole Thabo Mofutsanyana region,” he said. Read more on p 4.

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