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WUC addresses water woes

Molepolole has been experiencing water supply challenges for years due to a number of factors that led to excessive shortage of water in the village.

Population growth, drying up of aquifers and dilapidated infrastructure are some of the factors contributing to shortage of water supply in the village.

After realising the challenge in Molepolole and surrounding areas, Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) responded by imposing level two water restrictions for non-domestic use in May 2016, but the situation only got worse each year.

Some of the restrictions included prohibition of watering gardens, parks, sports fields, washing vehicles with hosepipes, filling up swimming pools and washing pavements, sidewalks and streets with potable water.

A press release from WUC states that the corporation is aware of the water supply situation in Molepolole and is committed to addressing it through various measures and resources in place.

The release states that Molepolole, Thamaga and Thebephatshwa share water from four well fields being Gaotlhobogwe, Malwelwe, Suping and Ramaphatle.

Eight out of 12 boreholes at Gaotlhobogwe are operational while three have dried up and one awaits power upgrading.

In Malwelwe, five out of six boreholes are operational and one cased-in while at Suping five out of seven are operational with others on standby.

At Ramaphatle, two boreholes are operational. The press release states that the corporation will commission a study to explore the feasibility of drilling more boreholes to replace non-operational ones.

“The cluster’s peak demand exceeds supply of 13 000m3/day resulting in a deficit of 8 megalitres per day,” states the release.

It also states that the situation has been worsened by dilapidated network resulting in high number of pipe leaks and pipe bursts.

Molepolole storage tanks, the release states, are very small in capacity, with only four hours cover and as such in the event of any water supply interruption, the effects are felt immediately due to inadequate storage.

“WUC is working on increasing tank capacities as well as raising them higher from the ground,” states the release.

The press release says WUC has put in place short, medium and long term measures to address the water shortage in Molepolole and other affected areas and is looking at introducing short term interventions that will include increasing bowsing capacities and drilling additional boreholes.

Medium term intervention will include connection of Malwelwe boreholes, which will release Thamaga from the well fields scheme supplying Molepolole while for a long term measure, the corporation is looking at connecting Molepolole to the North-South carrier II pipeline network rehabilitation. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : BOPA


Event : Press Release

Date : Feb 08 Thu,2018


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