No change to water restrictions

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The following statement has been issued by Mangaung Metro Municipality Communications department. Image: Supplied

The Mangaung Metro Municipality said there will be no changes to restrictions for water use despite heavy rainfalls in the past few weeks. Speaking in a special council meeting, the Executive Mayor of Mangaung Metro Municipality, Olly Mlamleli, said water is a scarce resource that should be used sparingly; more specifically during drought, and for this reason the municipality will not remove or make any changes to the current water restrictions. She said water restrictions are still in place to ensure a continuous water supply to the metro.
“We are not going to change water restrictions. We don’t want to be deceived by the water levels that have risen. We are going to keep them as such, because we don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.”
The National Department of Water and Sanitation announced last week that The Vaal, Grootdraai and Spitskop Dams have reached capacity and were already overflowing.
Meanwhile, a task team has been set up in order to find solutions to alleviate the water crisis in the wider Free State.
Over the past two years towns such as Qwaqwa, Senekal, Ficksburg and Kroonstad also struggled to supply their respective communities with water, not only due to the drought, but also due to the lack of infrastructure.
According to Water and Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, the task team will be coordinated by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department (Cogta) in the Free State.
The technical task team will consist of Water and Sanitation officials, Treasury Department representatives, as well as local and district municipality officials.
The establishment of the technical task team follows the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane’s visit to Qwaqwa recently. Ratau said trucks with water tankers are currently being pulled out of many municipal areas – not only in the Free State but also around the country, because they are coming at a huge cost to municipalities.
The minister has given the task team two weeks to produce the first draft of a water and sanitation plan. – Katleho Morapela & Moeketsi Mogotsi 
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