Water shortage in Maquassi Hills pose serious challenge for bucket eradication national target.

 

Media Alert

 

Theme: Save Maquassi Water Awareness Campaign

 

Southern District, Wolmaranstad, the community of Maquassi Hills in the Southern District municipality will be engaged by the Municipality council on interim solutions to collectively address the water problem that has emerged since 2001, and worsened late last year when residents taps ran dry. The Southern district in response to this challenge allocated additional funds to the existing water loss management project and infrastructure upgrading that includes building of a reservoir in Leeudoringstad.

 

The Southern District Executive Mayor, Boitumelo Moloi has then set aside money to embark on an awareness campaign to assist the local municipality of maquassie Hills inform and engage the community on the challenges faced by the municipality in addressing this country wide water scarcity challenge.

 

The community of wolmaranstad have in the past year made head lines in rioting against the municipality claiming poor service delivery from the Municipality. The mayor of the area, cllr. Karel Lehloo, “says the community should not confuse platforms of addressing poor service delivery with a platform to collectively address basic human rights needs like water, that the water problem in Maquassi should be addressed in its pertinence, as a natural resource, before it even comes to its management”.

 

The current situation is that Maquassi Hills consumption is way over normal limit or allocation and reservoir filling capacity. This does not only affect business, it also affects households. There are at least 1600 registered indigents. The biggest problem is to service Tswelelang Township, bulk supply system currently operating at the maximum capacity – as water comes into reservoir it goes out to consumers, steel tank can therefore not be filled and sufficient pressure is not available to provide water to Extension 4,10 and 13, resulting to water cut for periods to give reservoir time to partially fill.

 

The municipality has since as an interim solution deployed tanks in the said areas, leaving the greatest challenge of not being unable to flash the toilets.

 

The campaign on saving water and equitably sharing available water, although not unique to Maquassi Hills, will run as follows:

 

Date Venue Time Audience
27th Feb Makwassie 13h30 General Community
28th Feb Witpoort 13h30 General Community
28th Feb Leeudoringstad 15h30 General Community
29th Feb Wolmaranstad Town Hall 17h00 Business, NGO,CBO, Sector Departments, associations etc
1st March Wolmaranstad 17h00 General Community

 

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