SDM thwarts DA’s Groblersdal water wastage claims

GROBLERSDAL – Sekhukhune District Municipality has dismissed the Limpopo Democratic Alliance’s allegations that 180 000 litres of water was lost each day in Groblersdal.

The district municipality said it indeed was aware of the challenges around the Klein Waterfontein reservoir.

However, added the district municipality, they wanted to dismiss with the contempt that it deserved the DA’s allegation that 180 000 litres of water was lost each day.

Willy Mosoma, SDM Spokesperson, said: “On record yes we were losing water due to the breakdown of our telemetrics system, used to measure the level of water and automatically administer the in and outflow.”

Mosoma said they were currently doing that manually every day and were happy with how they managed water.

He informed the Klein Waterfontein reservoir was just their standby infrastructure used to augment the two reservoirs that supply Groblersdal Town.

“And we don’t have any problem managing it. We continue to supply residents and businesses in Groblersdal with easy and we are committed to satisfy our clients at all costs,” concluded Mosoma.

This after the DA in Limpopo said it noted with shock that SDM was failing to regulate purified water at Kein Waterfontein Reservoir in Groblersdal and that 180 000 litres of water was being wasted on daily basis whilst residents did not have access to clean water.

The party added it would formally lodge a complaint with the Environmental Management Inspectors, the Green Scorpions, to probe the district municipality for failing to save water and polluting the environment.

It further said it had already informed the head of Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) for immediate intervention on the matter.

Jacques Smalle, DA Limpopo Premier Candidate, said to compound the matter, the cost of losing 180 000 litres of water was estimated to be R700 000 since November 2018.

Smalle said the wasted purified water had been flowing from the reservoir next to Loskop Dam into the nearest farms and streets into Olifants River.

 

Thapelo Motseo

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