Residents should get their water containers ready after Bloem Water announced that it would be reducing the supply of water today. This decrease in water will affect the entire Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM).
According to a statement by Bloem Water, the municipality has failed to pay off their water debt despite agreeing to a payment plan. “As reported in our previous statements issued, the resolutions taken on the meeting of 13 May 2019 by the two Institutions were that the Metro should pay its outstanding amounts of January -April 2019,” said spokesperson Kido Thoabala.
According to Thoabala the Metro 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 added
Part of the agreement was that any disputed matters would be dealt with by the mediation process of National Treasury. “During the mediation process by National Treasury on the 24th February 2019, it was resolved that the Metro should pay the agreed amount of outstanding debt to Bloem Water for the period of twelve months and Bloem Water must write off the interest on the debt,” said Thoabala.
“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,” she elaborated. 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.
Bloemfontein Courant has sent questions on the issue to MMM spokesperson but did not get a reply by the time of publishing.
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