Residents in Welkom, Ventersburg, and other parts of the Matjhabeng Municipality will have to brace themselves for water disruptions.
OFM News reports, this, as the Sedibeng Water confirms extended water interruptions to Free State’s Matjhabeng and Nala Local Municipalities. The water board in a statement cites excessive water leaks on its main pipelines supplying water to the reservoirs at Riebeeckstad as the main reason. It says repairs are underway and warns of interruptions until Monday 12 July.
The notice, dated 6 July, highlights that waterworks will cause the reservoirs in Riebeeckstad to run empty, which will result in consumers being without water for some days.
The notice, which also counts as the second one since the start of July, comes amidst growing concerns over taps that have run dry in Matjhabeng, with one resident in Ventersburg having told OFM News they have been without water for the better part of last week and are afraid it poses health risks to them as they are unable to wash their hands.
Lynette Pretorius said they are afraid the water situation in their area might put their lives at risk of contracting Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the water board in its urgent notice addressed to the Matjhabeng Municipal Manager, explains that reservoirs at Riebeeckstad are supplying water to most areas in Matjhabeng as well as to Wesselsbron and Monyakeng in the Nala Municipal areas.
It says it will work with the two municipalities to find alternative ways of providing water to residents whilst water works are underway.