R700M set aside for FS water infrastructure


In an effort to make sure that the community of the Mangaung Metro Municipality and surrounding areas receive clean and pure water, the Free State Department of Water and Sanitation has set aside a whopping R700m to invest in infrastructure.

This, as the area has been caught in the grip of a drought for the last few years. According to regional head of the department, Tshiliso Ntili, the main aim is to improve and replace the ageing pipelines.

Ntili says they often encounter challenges when it comes to infrastructure, and they have also realised that ageing infrastructure is slowing down the flow of water between dams. He says some of the pipelines are as old as 45 years and they urgently need to be replaced to fast-track the process of distributing water.

Two years ago, the national department also put aside R2bn to build a pipeline from the Gariep Dam to the Mangaung Municipality to deal with the water crisis in the province. Ntili says studies had already been conducted to establish the water needs particularly in the Free State. South Africa is reportedly one of the countries that uses grey water least.

Michael Tlhakudi / OFM News