Ministry Seeks to Improve Water Supply

| May 22, 2015

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources is working on several projects aimed at restoring satisfactory water provision.

Botswana has been experiencing water shortage for several years now. The situation worsened around the greater Gaborone area over the past few months. However, Minister Kitso Mokaila has explained that his ministry had worked out plans to address the situation.

In a press conference held in Gaborone on Thursday (May 21), Mr Mokaila said the problem had been compounded by changing patterns of rainfall with the country receiving increasingly low annual rainfall in the past few years.

He said while the problem of poor rains might persist for sometime, the nation should change the way it used water to avert a crisis. He said plans were in place to improve the level of water provision in the greater Gaborone area, which covered villages from Kgatleng District through to parts of the Southern District.

Mr Mokaila said these plans included completion of the North South Carrier 2 pipeline, which would sufficiently increase the volumes of water transported from the north to the south of the country.

The pipeline will connect Dikgathong Dam, the biggest in the country, to the north-south water transportation system. “The project is something which will take time to complete, but there is a lot being done to increase water transported to Gaborone,” Mr Mokaila said.

Another project being done to improve the supply of water, according to the minister, was the re-connection of wells at Masama east. He said the wells, which were capable of producing a yield of 30 million litres of water per day, were going to be ready for use by the end of next month.

“We are also working to develop wells in Masama west which are also going to produce 30 million litres per day. The project will be complete in the next twelve months,” the minister said.

He also said works were being done on the pump stations at Makoro and Moralane, which will also help to improve the water supply situation. Furthermore, he said there was a plan to increase the volume of water storage in Gaborone because it was small.

While works were being done to improve the situation, Mr Mokaila appealed to the nation to preserve water because water sources were getting depleted.

He said the Gaborone Dam had dried up, and Bokaa and Molatedi were drying as well. “This shows that things have changed, therefore our relationship with water should improve,” he said.

The permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr Kgomotso Abi refuted claims that small dams on the source of Gaborone Dam had contributed to it drying up.

“In fact these small dams are a blessing because they trap silt that could otherwise have been washed into Gaborone Dam. The reality is that Gaborone Dam failed to fill up because there was too little rainfall,” he said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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