Pipeline to augment Gabane water supply

| September 15, 2015

Government is committed to alleviating water shortage in the country, Minister of Water and Energy Resources Mr Kitso Mokaila has said.

Addressing residents of Gabane on Monday (September 14), he said his ministry was in the process of constructing a pipeline from Gamononyane pump-station to Diremogolo Reservoir in Gabane to augment water supply in the village.

The Gamononyane Booster-pump is along Gaborone-Molepolole road and is still under construction.

The 20km pipeline would be completed in 12 months. Minister Mokaila also informed the residents of another pipeline construction from Oodi to water works by Gaborone Dam for treatment, which will also distribute water to the greater Gaborone area.

He advised residents to use water wisely. He informed them about the erection of smart metres that would enable water rationing per household.

One of the residents, Ms Potsanyane Phale lamented that they billed even when there was no water.

A youth, Tuelo Rankgomo complained of the shortage of water in their area, which is on the cliff of the village that even when there was supply, they could not get water. Therefore he pleaded that the Diremogolo Reservoir be filled to the maximum level in order for them to get water as well.

Another resident, Mr Arnold Letsholo, applauded government on its plan to re-cycle and re-use the waste water from the sewage system. He also advised that every house must have a reserve tank.

When responding, Minister Mokaila said a water metre was charged a rental of P20 every month, regardless whether there was water or not. About the supply of Diremogolo, he said the reservoir could not be filled to the maximum since this would create shortage of supply in other villages.

Mr Mokaila also explained that prepaid cards were meant to swipe in certain areas in order to control water supply, ensuring that every area got their ration. He added that government was planning on treating the water from Ramotswa wells.

Mr Motshwaedi Mpheke, general manager at the Water Utilities Corporation advised residents to ensure that they stored water safely and even make sure they boiled it before use, especially the one they bought since no one was sure about its safety for consumption.

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