Wednesday, July 6, 2022

WUC says water restrictions bearing fruit

Although Water Utilities Corporation’s water restrictions are not popular with the consumer, the parastatal has revealed it has realised a 16 percent reduction in demand so far at a time when major dams are drying up.

This was said by the Public Relations Officer of WUC, Matilda Mmipi, in response to Sunday Standard enquiries on the current dam levels in the country.

Mmipi said the restrictions were necessitated by the dwindling water levels, more specially the southern part of the country.

WUC last year imposed restrictions in the greater Gaborone including areas around Kgatleng and Good Hope to help conserve water especially for watering gardens.

Mmipi added that they are rehabilitating contaminated Ramotswa wellfields and drawing water from Masama wells in a bid to deal with water shortages caused by, amongst other things, low rainfall in the Southern parts of the country.

She also said they are putting more efforts into making sure that they in the forseable future draw water from Chobe\ Zambezi River.

She explained that they are currently actively working on the project and hope it will be in use in the near future. She was however not able to put a time frame on the issue.

On other issues related to supplying of water to greater Gaborone, Mmipi said that the corporation is working to restore the burst North-South pipeline Phalape area is restored as soon as possible.
“We are doing all to make sure that the pipeline is restored and starts supplying water,” she said.
Water restrictions introduced by WUC last year in greater Gaborone to help conserve water as dams dries up have reduced its use by 16 percent. Greater Gaborone includes areas around Kgatleng to Good Hope.

On what they are doing to address the problems of water shortage caused by amongst other things low rainfall in the Southern parts of the country, Mmipi said that they are amongst other things rehabilitating contaminated Ramotswa wellfields, drawing water from Masama wells.

WUC , PRO also said that they are putting more efforts into making sure that they in the forseeable future draw water from Chobe\ Zambezi river.

She explained that they are currently actively working on the project and hope it will be in use in the near future. She was however not able to put a time frame on the issue.

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