Water supply problems in Mangaung, residents concerned

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Residents of the Mangaung Metro are being urged to conserve water after claims that Bloem Water is only releasing 30% of the normal daily supply to Bloemfontein and surrounds.

DA Councillor, Rossouw Botes, says areas like Pellissier, Lourier Park, Kwaggafontein and Feirreira have had a limited water supply since yesterday afternoon. He says some residents in these areas have no water this morning. Botes says water supply problems likely extend to other areas in the city.

This comes after he received numerous inquiries by concerned resident since yesterday regarding the water issue.

Botes says he received reliable information that Bloem Water will reduce water supply to the Metro due to a debt of R340 million which has accumulated over the last few months. With increasing water consumption over the long weekend and to an effect the strike by municipal workers the availability of water in supplying reservoirs are expected to be low.

Botes says he received reliable information that Bloem Water decided to reduce water supply to the metro because of R340 million outstanding debt which accumulated over the last months. This excludes interest.

Botes said he spoke to the Mangaung Metro’s Deputy Mayor, Lebohang Masoetsa, yesterday who assured him that the metro will address the issue.

Bloem Water supplies 69% of the metro’s water. The metro itself supplies 31% of water from Maselspoort Dam to some areas in the city.

Mangaung Metro spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, told Courant News this morning that senior management of both the metro and Bloem Water are expected to meet this morning.

Christal-Lize Muller/CourantNews