Water shedding, fines for Free State towns

2015-11-16 18:53
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Bloemfontein - Residents of Moqhaka Local Municipality in the Free State will be fined R2 000 if they water their gardens during the current drought, said spokesperson Khojane Madiba.

He said that due to the lack of rain, the municipality had resorted to restricting water use and cutting the supply water for several hours on certain days - or water shedding as it has.

"Our dams are running dry and there is little water and we all have to help each other," said Madiba.

"We have followed the restriction by-laws, which we implemented earlier this month.

"Residents are not allowed to water their gardens, they are also not allowed to wash their cars using hosepipes, they can only use buckets, and those with swimming pools are not allowed to fill them up," he said.

The municipality includes Kroonstad, Maokeng, Steynsrus, Matlwangtlwang, Viljoenskroon and Rammulotsi.

In Steynsrus and Matlwangtlwang, water will be unavailable from 20:00 to 06:00 from Monday to Sunday, Viljoenskroon and Rammulotsi will be without water from 18:00 to 04:00 from Sunday to Friday, while in Kroonstad and Maokeng taps will run dry from 20:00 to 04:00 from Sunday to Friday.

"If residents do not adhere to the rules, they will be fined R2 000."

Meanwhile, the DA MPL in the Free State James Letuka said access to a clean and dependable water supply is a basic human right.

"Water shedding plays dangerously close to violating this right," he said.  

Water was also a crucial resource for agriculture and industry. The implementation of water shedding would negatively impact on the Moqhaka local economy, which might result in job losses and threaten food security, said Letuka.

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