Bloemwater postpones restrictions

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Local water board Bloemwater has postponed planned water restrictions to 8 September 2019. According to spokesperson Kido Thoabala, the intention to reduce water in the municipality still stands as a result of continued non-payment by Mangaung Metro Municipality.

Courant has reported on the ongoing tug-of-war between the two entities affecting residents in Bloemfontein and surrounding areas. Although, mediations have taken place to resolve financial issues, Bloemwater says that the Metro still defaults on payments.

“We had to withdraw our previous notice because of a court order. We have issued a new notice which will take effect on 8 September 2019, when water pressure will be restricted to 30%” said Thoabala.

Restrictions were postponed in July after Mangaung took legal action against Bloemwater. The Free State High Court ordered the water board to return supply to normal pressure. The court ruled in favour of Mangaung that the notice to restrict water should be done in accordance with the Water Services Act.

Thoabala asked that community members be patient. “Residents should please, bear with us and continue to pay their rates and services but use water sparingly,” elaborated Thoabala.

Municipal spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, was contacted for comment but none was received by the time of publishing.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za