BY MPHO DUBE
CEO of Lepelle Northern Water Phineas Legodi urged the public to use water cautiously following the recent drought climate conditions debacles affecting most parts of the country.
“We call on the public to take precaution and use water sparingly. We need to have a culture of not wasting water for we cannot predict climate conditions,” Legodi said.
Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces were recently identified by Lindiwe Sisulu, the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Department as affected areas following the country’s dam levels which have since dropped to 52% believed to be caused by high temperatures in the country’s most parts.
Sisulu gave mandate to water boards CEOs and acting Director-General for Water and Sanitation Mbulelo Tshangana to speedily maintain affected stakeholders urgently within the agreed time frame. She also called on the public to be partisan and participate in saving the petite water levels countrywide.
She said: “Sustained heavy summer rains across South Africa are the only hope to alleviate the situation. In the absence of rain, water conservation across the board must be intensified to avoid municipalities imposing stringent water restrictions,” said Sisulu
Lepelle Northern Water has embarked on curbing water scarcity problems in Polokwane. According to Legodi this project for bulk water supply infrastructure will meet the needs of the population in Polokwane which is growing until 2036 therefore the public can be rest assured that water rectification and sanitation problems will be the thing of the past.
He said however this project known as Upgrade of Olifantspoort and Ebenezer Water Schemes and Ministerial interventions for various City of Polokwane water projects implemented by agent Lepelle Northern Water under his leadership will be implemented in 4 years. Legodi said however this project will cost millions of Rands will only confirm the entire costs after meetings with all the necessary parties involved between Lepelle Northern Water and Polokwane Municipality.
Legodi also confirmed that Polokwane Municipality has contracted Lepelle Northern Water as a water board to supply bulk water from Ebenezer and Olifantspoort Schemes as per the bulk water services contracts concluded by the two institutions. “The water supply has been going on well previously until challenges experienced at both schemes contributed negatively to sustainable supply. Plans are at an advance state to prepare the construction of both Ebenezer and Olifantspoort Schemes to meet the demand as the demand is more than the supply, particularly during warm seasons,”Legodi added.