Payment plan stops Bloem Water cutback, residents weigh in

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Bloem Water and Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) have agreed on a payment plan after a meeting was held between the two entities on Monday. This comes after reports that the water supplier has started to restrict supply to the Metro because of non-payment.

According to Bloem Water spokesperson Kido Thoabala, there was a discussion around water reduction and debt payment.  “Mangaung Metro Municipality has made partial payment of the debt and committed to honour the proposed plan. Both parties have agreed on payment plan on the outstanding amount going forward,” she said. “It was further agreed that there should be a mediation process of the disputed issues by National Treasury,” Thoabala elaborated.

The spokesperson further explained that residents should not be affected any further as water was restored to normal supply on Monday following the agreement. Suburbs that were affected by the restriction included Pellissier, Fichardt Park and Fleurdal.

Elmarie Venter, a resident of Pellisier, expressed that her household was not very affected by the restriction although it took place in the evening, reportedly lasting twelve hours. “I could not do my washing. The restriction began at around 17:00 in the afternoon until this morning at 05:00. We have a Jojo tank so it was not a significant occurrence,” said Venter.

Annatjie Viljoen of hair salon 8 Till Late in Fichardt Park also agreed that due to a backup tank the business was not affected during the water cutback. “We have been without water in the past so we have had to take precautions and put on a tank and so on. Luckily yesterday we did not struggle without water,” she said. –Nomaqhawe Mtebele nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za