The Rustenburg Local Municipality, remains concerned about the intermittent water supply related challenges, on the Bospoort supply scheme. The Executive Mayor – Councillor Mpho Khunou seeking a permanent solution led a delegation consisting, Council Speaker – Councillor Sheila Mabale-Huma, Municipal Manager – Mr. Victor Makona and Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) on Technical and Infrastructure Services Councillor Michael Mhlungu which met with the Deputy Minister for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation – David Mahlobo as well as water provider Magalies Water.
The purpose of the meeting held in early April 2020, was to find a permanent solution to the water supply challenge plaguing residents of Tlhabane as well as Greater Boitekong. Despite the commitments which were made, by the water service provider, the system remains unreliable as the demand continues to outweigh the supply. The RLM has been forced to implement water demand management interventions, known otherwise as water restrictions, which to date continue to cause an inconvenience to residents.
Consequent to the prevailing situation, a stakeholder meeting was held consisting RLM, Rand Water, Royal Bafokeng Administration and Magalies Water to find tangible solutions to the water supply challenges, the following was agreed upon:
– Magalies Water:
*20% restrictions of all off takes upstream and downstream of Bospoort.
*Closing of Bospoort Outlet every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
*Restricting of meter #10 to allow 25ml/d
*Stopping pumps to Tlhabane Upper every night from 11pm to 04:00am to allow Bospoort reservoir level to rise.
*Restricting all meters by 30% to reduce demand on Bospoort reservoirs
– Royal Bafokeng Administration:
* Restrict all reservoir outlets fed from Bospoort reservoir every day from 18:00 to 07:00am
* Restricting or Stopping pumps from drawing from Tlhabane upper from 11pm to 04:00am
– Rustenburg Local Municipality:
* Restriction of Meter #10 every day from 18:00 to 07:00am this will assist to raise the level of Bospoort reservoirs
* Restrictions on all reservoirs fed from Bospoort reservoirs every day from 18:00 to 07:00am
The mines are requested to draw water from the Barnardsvlei system while efforts will be focused on stabilizing the Vaalkop-Bospoort system with the intention of meeting the water demand. The Municipality remains hopeful that all bulk stakeholders (mass consumers of water in the system such as mines and industries) will fully participate and assist in raising and maintaining the level of Bospoort reservoirs.
Magalies Water during the course of engagements, committed to installing two new pumps at the Vaalkop Treatment Works, to increase the capacity for water supply, from 60 mega-litres a day to 85 mega-litres a day. The process is envisaged to be complete by no later than end of September 2020 and will significantly improve the water supply to the residents who access water on the scheme. Further to that, the RLM will be duly notified once the installation of new pumps to increase capacity has been completed.
This exercise is to ensure that residents, albeit the restrictions will have access to water during the time frames communicated here above. The RLM further regrets and apologizes for the inconvenience to residents as a result of the circumstances which have led to intermittent water supply.