Free State rejects water shortage claims

2014-06-04 14:05
(File)

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The Free State's Mantsopa municipality on Wednesday dismissed the DA's allegations that Tweespruit residents had been without water for days.

"That is not true at all," the municipality's spokesperson David Mokoatsi said.

"The councillor does not even live in the area. She just wants to create havoc by blowing things out of proportion."

Water supply had been cut for short periods of time and then restored, he said.

The Democratic Alliance councillor, Tania Halse, said residents had been without water for five days because the Lovedale Dam had dried up.

She said only two of the seven boreholes supplying the town with water were operational.

"The municipality failed to respond to the crisis effectively and have neglected to communicate with the affected communities."

Dam dried up

Halse wrote to the municipal manager asking for permanent water points in the affected areas.

"I have also requested him to table a plan in council on how the municipality will replace and repair the pumps and boreholes."

Mokoatsi admitted that the dam had dried up, causing water shortages.

"Lack of rain caused the dam to dry up. It is a problem we cannot avoid."

He said the municipality had been using the boreholes to fill up the reservoir.

"While filling up the reservoirs we cut water for some time in the communities."

The affected areas had been made aware of the water shortages and asked to use water wisely.

Mokoatsi said the municipality had taken measures to ensure there was water.

"We are currently upgrading and fixing boreholes that have been dysfunctional."
Read more on:    da  |  bloemfontein  |  service delivery  |  water

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.