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Low Water Levels causes Water Scarcity in Ngaka Modiri Molema District

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Save Water, Save Lives…..

Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality is facing challenges on scarcity of water due to the drying up of water sources throughout the District. We take note of the plight of our communities including those of Majemantsho, Magogoe Central and Koikoi in the Mahikeng Local Municipality

Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality as a Water Service Authority takes account and is responsible for providing access to clean water and sanitation to its communities throughout the District, but due to the ageing infrastructure and the limitations of underground water, water tankering is used as an intervention of the last resort, as proper plans for the rehabilitation of infrastructures are put into place. The Executive Mayor, Cllr Tshepo Justice Makolomakwa acknowledged that Water tankering is not an effective method of provision of water, but a temporary measure.

”Thus as a District, we have made an assessment on the status quo of our water and sanitation infrastructure which needs more that R 675m and applaud the Department of Water and Sanitation for funding Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality through a drought relief program, an amount R 157m for restoration and refurbishment non-functional boreholes as well as drilling and development of new boreholes amongst others in identified hot spot areas. Service Providers are already on site as per the approved time line schedule” said the Executive Mayor.

Over the past years the underground water levels dropped, which posed a serious threat regarding the provision of water to communities as currently, in the Mahikeng Local Municipality and surrounding areas, the District is experiencing low water pressure as a result of only three of the twelve boreholes are operational from Molopo Eye.

Previously, the Eye as affectionately known used to produce 1 400kl/hr and currently it produces only 800 kl/hr, therefore it is difficult to have an ongoing and unrestricted water supply.

In three villages within the jurisdiction of Mahikeng Local Municipality, Sedibeng Water as an implementing agent for Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality is currently implementing the Water Supply Project of which the bulk pipe line from Mahikeng Water Treatment Works (WTW) has been completed.

The Municipality has thus set-aside R 6 m from the drought relief programme to ensure that these three (3) projects are completed.

  • Majemantsho, work is in progress as the project is only awaiting for the installation of steel storage tank and equipping/drilling of three (3) boreholes.
  • Magogoe Central and Magogoe-Koikoi, pipe lying has been completed, the borehole are equipped and the steel storage tank has also been installed, only awaiting Eskom to energise these boreholes.  Our working relationship with ESKOM would certainly assist in fast-tracking energising

Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality is committed in providing quality water diligently in order to address the plight of accessing clean water in a sustainable manner.

The Executive Mayor Makolomakwa continue to plead with Communities to preserve and protect their own infrastructure as theft and vandalism cause a delay in completing most of these projects.

                     “Together let us move Ngaka Modiri Molema Forward”

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