Bloem Water attending to burst pipe but water still reduced

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Bloem Water has confirmed that a water pipe between Dewetsdorp and the Welbedacht Dam has burst. This has caused large amounts of water to surge out from the underground water channel. According to Bloem Water spokesperson, Kido Thoabala, the rupture is an expected result of changing temperatures.

“It is true that there has been a burst pipe and it is being attended to. We are not yet sure what caused exactly caused it but the winter season is a time of these incidences. It is just unfortunate that it happened during a time of water reduction,” she said.

Bloemfontein Courant reported earlier today that Bloem Water would be reducing the pressure of water supplied to Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) due to non-payment of debt. However, according to Thoabala the recent burst pipe would only affect residents of Dewetsdorp.

MMM has only made partial payment towards their January account. “However, partial payment as requested by the Metro towards January account was received. It is therefore very disappointing that Mangaung Metro Municipality has defaulted on February to April accounts,” she said.

“It must be noted that despite the continuous non-payment, Bloem Water has always been supplying full capacity of bulk water service to the Metro,” Thoabala added. According to the spokesperson the water distributor also wrote off all interest owed by the Metro.

Thoabala explained that non-payment has a negative effect on not just the running of Bloem Water but Eskom as well. “The ongoing non-payment by Mangaung Metro Municipality to Bloem Water has huge negative operational impact on chemicals, Eskom, employees’ benefits, etc., which are integral to the very business of the Water Board,” she said.

Nomaqahwe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za