Kopanong faces water-shedding amid national lockdown

Residents have called on the Kopanong Local Municipality on social media to scrap water-shedding during the nationwide lockdown. PHOTO: THE HERALD
The debt-ridden Kopanong Local Municipality in the Free State says it is continuing to manage the current situation with regard to water restrictions over its mounting debt to Bloem Water.

This as residents have called on the municipality on social media to scrap water-shedding during the nationwide lockdown, which kicked off on Friday morning.

Kopanong, which includes the towns of Jagersfontein, Fauresmith, Bethulie and Trompsburg, owes Bloem Water more than R200 million and counting for services rendered. The water board has as a result reduced water supply by 60 to 70%.

Kopanong spokesperson, Solomzi Phama, assured the public that they are meeting their monthly payment plans with the water board and are in conversations with them regarding the possibility of ending the restrictions so that there is 100% water supply.

Phama acknowledge residents in some areas in the municipality, particularly the uphill ones, have complained of a lack of water due to the restrictions which are exacerbated by infrastructure there. He says the municipality has supplied Jojo tanks to ensure the community does have access to water during the lockdown.

The municipality, much like others, have closed their main offices during the lockdown, bringing office-related operations to a halt. Phama says they have put teams together to attend to sewage spillages, refuse collection and water supply. Notices with emergency contacts at the municipality have been placed around the towns in the municipality.

Meanwhile, the Coronavirus pandemic is worsening in the country. There are now more than 1000 confirmed cases and two deaths from complications associated with the virus. – OLEBOGENG MOTSE/OFM News