The Madibeng municipality has received a total of 128 water tanks from the national Department of Water and Sanitation as part of the department’s intervention to mitigate the spread of Corona Virus.
The national department has also made three water tankers available for the continued filling of tanks.
Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, David Mahlobo, accompanied by North West MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs and a delegation of Magalies Water, visited Madibeng on Friday to accelerate the provision of water to areas that experience severe water shortages. The areas include Letlhabile, Maboloka, Letlhakaneng, Madinyane, Jericho, Fafung, Rashoop, Greens (Msholozi), Klipgat, Kgabalatsane, Moiletswane, Shakung, Itsoseng, Mmakau and Mothotlung.
The tanks are being installed on solid brick and mortar stands that are being constructed by the department.
Mahlobo said the supply of tanks and additional tankers is the department’s immediate response in the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus and not a permanent solution to other water challenges experienced in Madibeng.
“I need us to have queue marshals at the water storage tanks accessed by the public. This is mainly to control the congestion and administer hand sanitisers to the public, because if we are not careful these sites will expose people to the Coronavirus”, Mahlobo said.
Madibeng Local Municipality was reminded to step up the efforts in rectifying and implementing the agreed upon measures for the two raw water treatment plants in Brits and Hartbeespoort Dam. This follows his visit to the area two weeks ago when Brits experienced water problems.
Magalies Water has committed to work closely with the municipality to fast track all the work.