By: Siphiwe Nyathi
Any residents living around Limpopo’s capital city but failing to comply with water regulations will be fined on the spot as a way to reduce water wastage around Polokwane.
Polokwane local municipality spokeswoman Tidimalo Chuene said reservoir levels in the capital city have been dealt a major blow the past weekend following power challenges at the Potgieter reservoir.
“The reservoir experienced power challenges due to cable theft that occurred at the Sand River which supplies a number of sources in the city. The municipality will enforce current water restrictions by issuing spot fines against anyone who is found watering gardens and washing cars. Residents are therefore urged to refrain from watering of gardens and limit their usage of available water to immediate households usage only,” said Chuene on Tuesday.
Chuene said levels at these sources are expected to rise following urgent repairs.
She said the municipality has put in place temporary measures to deal with the water shortages that are currently being experienced by residents in high lying areas of the city such as Mankweng and Seshego.
“Residents have been experiencing shortages since the weekend as a result of rapid decline of reservoirs. This has been linked to the current heat wave that is affecting certain parts of the country and putting strain on water supply systems. By this morning the reservoir levels in the city and Seshego were between 0% and 20%,” she added.
Chuene assured the residents that two water purification plants next to areas that are affected by the shortage have been opened to residents to fetch water from.
She said the supervised access to the plants is from 6am to 10pm.
“Access to these facilities is only granted for the duration of the current water shortages. The plants are located in Seshego Zone 4 next to the dam and the other in Dalmada plant opposite PEPP School along the R71 road,” she said.
Water tankers have been also arranged to provide temporary supply to affected areas with each area having a dedicated tanker.
A resident from Mankweng, Josias Makgatho, said the heat wave is making their lives difficult.
“We welcome the intervention made by the municipality but we still believe some areas are not getting a single drop. We are all hoping for a rain before our reservoirs runs dry,” said Makgatho.