Bloemfontein’s water crisis should start to improve from today: Municipality


Bloemfontein’s water crisis should start to improve from today.
Mangaung Metro spokesperson, Qondile Khedama said city manager, Sibongile Mazibuko and her team undertook a site visit to both Mockes Dam and Maselspoort yesterday.
He says they discovered, among other things, that some farmers are illegally extracting water between Maselspoort and Mockes Dam. As a result, Maselspoort levels are not rising at the expected rate.
The Metro has immediately instructed its legal representatives to approach the court for an interdict, which should see water levels at Maselspoort rise rapidly.
Khedama said they also discovered that two sluice gates at Mockes Dam are blocked by debris, which is slowing down the filling up of raw water at Maselspoort Weir, which supplies water to the broader community of Bloemfontein.
The water level at Mockes Dam is at an all time low due to the drought and extreme heat the city is experiencing.
Khedama says professional divers were commissioned and will clear the debris this morning.

Issued: Mangaung Metro