Troubled Mangaung intends to reduce free basic water volumes

Questions are mounting on whether the troubled Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) will indeed reduce free basic water volumes distributed to its residents in the Free State capital.

This as audio is doing rounds on social media about the metro having taken a resolution to cut back on the water levels or the volume supplied to its residents. The metro has been struggling to deal with the plight of water, where residents have been slapped with sporadic water-shedding due to its non-payment to the Bloem Water Board over its R419 million debt.

The audio reports that the Metro will reduce the allocation of free basic water from 10 000 to 6 000 liters a month, in line with the National Treasury funding and indigenous framework policy regulations. The Metro is yet to comment.

The audio further says residents will receive 200 litres daily instead of 333 litres, effective from 1 July 2019. “Over the years Mangaung has been providing households with 10 000 litres instead of the minimum requirement of 6 000 litres. When the free basic water volume is finished users must buy extra water units,” the audio claims. This audio further claims that this forms part of the Metro’s attempt to control the water usage.

Over the weekend, OFM News reported that despite the repeated non-payment and non-adherence to its debt with the board, the Metro, which includes Bloemfontein, survived the water-shedding scare as initially announced by the board over the debt.

The water board spokesperson, Kido Thoabala, said this followed a court judgment on July 16 that ordered the water board to lift its water restriction as it was deemed to be invalid. Kido said because of the court order the initial warning of reduced water supply falls away and water restrictions cannot be implemented.

OFM News/Lucky Nkuyane