Debris and high turbidity at Caledon river disrupts water supply


The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (MMM) has informed residents of the metro that the current water supply challenge affecting Dewetsdorp, Wepener and some parts of Bloemfontein is due to debris and high turbidity at Caledon river.

According to a statement by MMM the Vaal Central Water (formerly known as Bloemwater) has informed the city that the debris has affected and has “blocked Welbedacht water resources, as high turbidities affect the balancing dams that sustain main bulk water supply.”

“Longridge reservoir’s capacity is increasing and gradually supplying to affected areas. High lying areas such as Phelindaba, Rocklands, Caleb Motshabi and adjacent areas will get water gradually as turbidities subside at the water resources,” the statement read.

The Vaal Central Water said that it will provide water tankers to the affected areas until water is restored in all affected areas.

“Residents are reminded that due to favourable topography, low-lying areas will receive water first whilst it may take longer in higher-lying areas.”

Compiled by Gypseenia Lion