Plans afoot to eradicate water crisis

2020-03-11 06:03

Interventions by the national Department of Water and Sanitation in the Qwaqwa water crisis are ongoing.

The latest efforts have seen the delivery of 102 units of 5 000 litre water tanks and 30 units of 10 000 litre tanks.

In addition, the department has availed ten trucks with a capacity of 16 kilolitres to deliver water to the affected areas.

These efforts come in the wake of violent protests by residents who have been faced with the crisis for more than ten years.

Dr Tseliso Ntili, provincial head of the department, said Sedibeng Water will act as directive on behalf of the department and work with the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality and Maluti-a-Phofung Water to ensure water supply to the communities in the area.

According to him, other measures are afoot to address the severe water challenge. These include developing boreholes which will be extended to Kestell.

“The two boreholes supply water into a packaged water treatment plant, which is then delivered to the elevated steel tank. The elevated steel tank is connected to the water reticulation network,” he said.

Due to network issues, which are being attended to with urgency, however, the boreholes will not eradicate the problem.

“Other measures in place include the construction of a 4 km pipeline from Comet Village to the Ha-Rankopane Reservoir. The pipeline is supplied from the Makwane Water Treatment Plant, which obtains raw water from the Metsi Matsho Dam,” said Ntili.

Installation of the pipes began early last month.

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