Published on 06-06-2016 03:44 PM
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In September 2015, the Premier of Free State declared the province as a disaster stricken area and Setsoto Local Municipality was amongst municipalities that suffered from serious drought effects with water levels being dried up due to lack of rain and this led to water supply being insufficient for the demand in the area.
Due to continuation of lack of rain in Setsoto, the municipality has landed in a difficult situation of not being able to provide all communities with running water. This situation is currently influenced by the low levels of raw water in Caledon River and Meulspruit Dam and therefore making it almost impossible for the Municipality to pump. This situation has affected Ficksburg, Meqheleng, Caledon Park, Clocolan and Hlololwane.
To ensure a longer supply of water to the residents, the Municipality will resume with water restrictions and valve management immediately and this will continue for as long there is water in our reservoirs and we receive rain in Setsoto.
The municipality will however continue delivering water to communities through water tanks. Members are advised to consult with their Ward Councilors regarding points of delivery and time schedules or consultation can be done at nearest Municipal Offices.
Although some residents have running water, we appeal to the residents to continue using water sparingly, immediately. Activities such as watering gardens and car washing must be halted to lengthen the supply of water to all residents.
It is up to us all to take responsibility to conserve water and we therefore urge all community members to immediately report water leakages so that we can prevent further loss of water.
The Municipality would like to thank the community for bearing with us during the time of water crisis.
Issued by: Communications