Municipality imposes restrictions

2016-06-15 06:00
THE Caledon River.

THE Caledon River.

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FICKSBURG. – In September 2015, the premier of the Free State declared the province a disaster area and the Setsoto Local Municipality was among the municipalities that suffered from serious drought effects, with water levels falling due to a lack of rain. This led to the water supply being insufficient for the demand in the area.

Due to the continued lack of rain in Setsoto, the municipality has landed in the difficult situation of not being able to provide all communities with running water. This situation is currently influenced by the low levels of water in the Caledon River and the Meulspruit Dam, making it almost impossible for the municipality to pump water. This situation has affected Ficksburg, Meqheleng, Caledon Park, Clocolan and Hlohlolwane.

To ensure a longer supply of water to the residents, the municipality will resume water restrictions and valve management immediately and therefore the residents will have running water from 17:00 until 19:00 in the evening on a daily basis. This will continue for as long as there is water in our reservoirs and we receive rain in Setsoto.

The municipality will, however, continue delivering water to communities through water tanks. Residents are advised to consult with their ward councillors regarding points of delivery. Time schedules can be obtained at the nearest municipal offices.

Although some residents have running water, we appeal to the residents to continue using water sparingly. Activities such as watering gardens and car washing must be halted to ensure the supply of water to all residents.

It is up to us all to take responsibility to conserve water and we therefore urge all community members to immediately report water leakages so that we can prevent further loss of water.

The municipality would like to thank the community for bearing with us during this time of water crisis.

– Setsoto Communication

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