MOUTSE – Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) informed that the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation would provide 4000 water storage tanks to Moutse communities in an effort to mitigate effects of drought conditions in the area.
According to the district municipality about 150 of the tanks had already arrived and 20 water trucks to replenish the tanks will arrive by the end of April.
Moloko Moloto, SDM Communications Manager, said the process was underway to identify boreholes that would be equipped to supply the area of Moutse with water in the medium term while awaiting completion of the Moutse Bulk Water project.
Moloto said it was reiterated in a meeting recently that the district municipality had received 80 water storage tanks from the department.
“The municipality is currently building stands for these storage tanks in other areas that have water shortages. The department has provided the district municipality with four water tankers and the district still awaits 16 others,” said Moloto.
Moloto said separately, Lebalelo Water User Association, a cooperative association of water users such as mining companies had promised to provide the district municipality with nine water trucks in addition to the promised 70 water storage tanks.
Stanley Ramaila, SDM Executive Mayor, urged all stakeholders to expedite those interventions in communities that did not have access to piped water.
“It is crucially important to work with speed because we are dealing with the invisible COVID-19 enemy,” said Ramaila.
SDM COVID-19 Command Council, which Executive Mayor Ramaila chairs, had instructed all local municipalities and the district municipality to reprioritize their Municipal Infrastructure Grants budgets to fight the possible spread of COVID-19.
Ramaila also urged people of Sekhukhune to adhere to the lockdown regulations as that would enable all to beat the dreaded COVID-19.