New Plant to Address Maun Water Crisis

| May 27, 2015

Water shortage in some areas around Maun will come to an end as funds have been sourced to build a new treatment plant by the end of this financial year.

Addressing Maun Administrative Authority meeting, the chairperson, Mr Gaokgakala Letswee said Sedie area was still experiencing inadequate water supply due to the malfunctioning dilapidated Wenela water treatment plant.

He said funds had been sourced to abate the Shorobe water shortage by drilling boreholes while procurement of the drilling works is ongoing. Mr Letswee said the Borolong treatment plant has of late had to contend with above normal levels of organics in the Thamalakane River.

This, he added, had affected the ability of the treatment plant to remove the organics hence the apparent colour in the treated water.

However, the chairperson informed the house that to safeguard the safety of treated water, further disinfection was introduced at both treatment facilities and service reservoirs. In addition, he said the frequency of sampling was also increased to ensure compliance.

He said the level of the organics had reduced the flow of the river hence the production rate was gradually being increased to its original state.

The house also learnt that the water treatment at Mababe village had been restored and the supply was adequate while Somelo village desalination plant which provides potable water to most of the villages of Sehithwa cluster got damaged beginning of May, this year resulting in low pressure to the villages served.

Mr Letswee said the water treatment plant had since been restored to its full operational capacity and the water situation is normal. Regarding the floods levels, he told the councilors that new floods have started to arrive even though they are not of high magnitude as compared to last year.

He said low water levels had been received at Mohembo. Mr Letswee revealed that during the hydrological year 201314, water levels at Mohembo this time of the year were 2.9 meters while this year water levels stand at 2.20m.

The highest water level, he added, which reached Thamalakane-Maun bridge and pontoon site were 2.912m and 2.593m respectively. This year, levels at the said areas are at 1.496m and 0.961m respectively noting that monitoring was ongoing as the river is still recharging.

On other issues, the sub council chairperson informed the house that the maintenance exercise of education facilities which the sub council embarked on last financial year proved to be a mammoth task given the constraints they had always operated under.

Mr Letswee stated that to date, they had managed to complete the maintenance of seven primary schools while the remaining 28 are at aanced stage of completion. “We have met several challenges ranging from lack of commitment, poor workmanship and pilfering by artisans engaged to carry out the maintenance works.

We would agree with me that supervision of project of such magnitude is a bit demanding given logistical constraints,” he said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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