No relief from spring

2018-02-27 06:00

A stream that runs through Leeuwenhof, the official residence of Premier Helen Zille, is no longer to be connected to the Molteno Reservoir­.

This despite communication from the premier’s office, stating that the stream was in the process of being connected to the reservoir.

In a statement released by the premier’s spokesperson, Michael Mpofu, which addresses political allegations over the stream, it is stated that “during the course of last year, the premier requested the City of Cape Town to feed the water from this stream into the Molteno Reservoir, where it would be subsequently purified for domestic use”.

However, Mayco member for informal settlements, water, waste services and energy, Xanthea Limberg, says this plan has come to a halt.

“We can confirm that a stream located on the Leeuwenhof property was identified as a potential water source and that we undertook a study to determine the options available to the City with respect to the Leeuwenhof stream water.

“The outcomes of this study, however, pointed to the low yield of water. It was decided that the Department of Public Works should treat the water for use by the staff members at the premier’s residence. Communication to this effect was sent to the Department of Public Works and the chief of staff in the premier’s office.”

However, the public is still “welcome to fill bottles” from a tap near the security gate at the Leeuwenhof Estate, which supplies non-potable water, Mpofu says.

“The pressure is low because of the drought. The stream off the mountain, which feeds this water source, is often low or even dry in summer,” he says.

“Members of the public are welcome to fill bottles from that tap if there is sufficient pressure to do so, in an orderly and appropriate way.”

The water, however, is “polluted water that cannot be used for drinking purposes”, Mpofu says.

“The purifier used to clean it is currently clogged with silt as a result of the reduction in water flow and an increased ratio of silt to water in the stream. The police will monitor activity at the tap and uphold the law if necessary.”

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