Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Water crisis forces WUC to clean waste water for consumption

As shortage of water has prompted the Water Utilities Corporation to use some of the contaminated boreholes in Ramotswa with the aim to treat the water for possible consumption.

The corporation says the treatment plant will be built to treat the water which was polluted mostly by pit latrines that were built around Ramotswa.

The Water Resources Corporation Manager, Joel Selemogwe, revealed in an interview that they have since indentified some boreholes that were contaminated with nitrates due to pit latrines in Ramotswa.

He said that a separate plant will be built to clean the contaminated water for possibly consumption to supply the greater Gaborone area as dams dry up. Selemogwe explained that part of the project, which is known as Phase 1, has already been completed.

“We have already identified the boreholes that were not heavily polluted. That water will be treated and supplied to the public,” said Selemogwe. He indicated that the Phase II project will target heavily contaminated boreholes and the water will be treated for consumption.

Selemogwe says indentifying boreholes in Ramotswa was one of the alternatives through which the corporation is seeking to address the shortage of water that has engulfed the country.

The use of groundwater in Ramotswa was terminated due to pollution problems a few years ago.
The water crisis has also forced Water Utilities Corporation to look for funding to construct a plant that will treat waste water at the sewerage plant at Glen Valley for consumption.

Selemogwe says the government has already given them the go ahead to look for funding. Selemongwe said that once the plant is complete it will be able to compliment dams such as Gaborone dam which is currently drying up. He said that as the dams dries up the corporation will start the water rationing excise to address the problem of water shortage. Selemogwe stated that currently the dam can only sustain to supply the greater Gaborone in the next 10 months.

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