#BloemWater ordered to lift restrictions

The Free State High Court has set aside the decision by the Bloem Water Board to impose water restrictions – implemented since Monday – at the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

Judge Joseph Mhlambi ordered the water entity to uplift its water restrictions that was imposed against the metro with the hopes to force it to pay millions of rands owed by the municipality to the entity.

Arguing on behalf of the metro, Advocate Tiaan Pienaar told the court that the entity was in contravention of a water level service agreement between the parties, and section 47 of the Water Service Act.

He says the entity failed to notify the metro about its plans to implement water restrictions 30 days ahead, and falsely relied on the previous notification of 15 March 2019, against the metro, despite a few payments made to the water board in relation to this notification.

Meanwhile, Advocate Stefan Grobler, in his argument on behalf of the entity, told the court that the metro continues to be in arrears on a monthly basis and is yet to indicate how and when it will settle its debt.