Bloemwater will continue to reduce water supply

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The bulk water service provider, Bloemwater, says that the reduction of water supply in Bloemfontein will remain in place until it has received a partial payment of the proposed plan by the Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM).

This comes after yesterday’s urgent intervention meeting, where MMM presented its proposed payment plan.

According to a statement by the water provider, the entity is at the point where it is difficult to run its daily operations due to cash flow problems. The board of Bloemwater has considered the current financial status, which is unsustainable due to the continuing non-payment of accounts by municipalities.

“The decision to continue the water reductions was influenced by the number of intergovernmental relations interventions taken by different mediators and agreements of this nature, of which none were ever adhered to. The financial status of the entity as well as its monthly financial obligations should be taken into consideration,” says Bloemwater.

The following conditions and measures are implemented during this period:

  • Plants, reservoirs and pipelines retained at operational levels.
  • All municipal supply to be reduced until partial payment of the payment plan is made.
  • Operations will be maintained to customers directly supplied by Bloemwater, such as De Brug Military Base, Grootvlei Prison, Country Bird, as well as farmers in general who are not defaulting on their accounts.
  • Reservoir volumes will be maintained at optimal levels so not to impair or damage the infrastructure.
  • Bloemwater will keep stakeholders informed of the developments. The community is humbly requested to use water sparingly to enable supply for a longer period.

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za