Four extra water tankers provided

2016-01-13 06:00

THE Department of Water and Sanitation has contributed four additional water tankers to the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality as the Fika Patso Dam is drying up following the severe drought.

The Fika Patso Dam supplies 80% of the water consumed by the residents of Qwaqwa.

Residents are now compelled to line up in long queues to get water from water tankers provided by the municipality for more than six months.

According to the water and sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, the water levels of the Fika Patso Dam had dried up due to a lack of rain and this had led to water supply not being sufficient for the demand in the area.

“This was more visible during the festive season, with a lot of visitors in the area whilst Qwaqwa was the most affected area,” Ratau said.

The municipality has been providing water through water tankers, but the available tankers are not enough for the vast community due to high demand.

Ratau said the department was contributing an additional four mobile water tankers with a capacity of 18 000 litres each, in order to assist the municipality.

“This is a short-term solution while awaiting the rain,” said Ratau.

Residents of one of the most affected areas in Qwaqwa, the Phamong township, have resorted to digging water wells to get water.

Residents with water tankers in their yards have been victims of vandalism after locals illegally entered their premises to steal water.

The Free State government spokesperson, Tiisetso Makhele, said Premier Ace Magashule was in talks with Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to assist the municipality with the water crises.

In the meantime the DA has requested the new minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, David van Rooyen, to impose a recovery plan on municipalities with outstanding water crisis.

This follows a report that claims that 61 municipalities and four metros have carried their collective debt of more than R2,8 billion into 2016, and now run the risk of having their water restricted due to unpaid municipal water bills.

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