June 20, 2018


Mantsopa water project brings joy to residents

The Department of Water and Sanitation puts a deadline of August for the completion of the much awaited bulk water supply programme

Mantwa Mofokeng from Manyatseng is over the moon.

The 41 year-old domestic worker in Bloemfontein is delighted that the Mantsopa bulk water supply project that is expected to alleviate the acute shortage of water in the areas of Ladybrand and Manyatseng is nearing completion.

The anticipated running of the project in August this year is good news to her ears and thousands of other residents in the two areas who have been grappling with water shortages for years.
“We have been waiting patiently since 2014 when the project started to have our water problems addressed. I just wish time could fly to the date when work will be completed, though it is only a matter of months now,” she delightedly told The Weekly in an interview.

Mofokeng goes home to Manyatseng every weekend to spend time with her children and the new water scheme is expected to significantly improve their lives.

Sputnik Ratau from the National Department of Water and Sanitation said their partnership with other government units to deliver basic services to communities has been paramount in seeing the project through to its final stages.

Ladybrand and Manyatseng, like many other areas in the Free State Province, have in the past had challenges with their water taps running dry, something that is soon set to be a thing of the past.

“Residents of the two areas will soon benefit from this noble partnership as the Bulk Water Project in Mantsopa Local Municipality is expected to be finished in August this year,” said Ratau.

Once completed the bulk water scheme will consistently supply water to the new provincial hospital in Ladybrand. It will also connect a pipeline from the nearest reservoir to meet the demands of the growing community in Manyatseng.

“The project which started in November 2014 entails the construction of a gravity feed pipeline of 2.5km 250mm uPVC from concrete reservoir to the hospital; a 337m length of 355mm uPVC pipeline at Ladybrand Primary School area for the future upgrading of the pipeline from Genoa Water treatment works to the existing reservoirs,” explained Ratau.

He added the project would also feature the construction of scour and air-valve chambers, thrust blocks, road crossing, as well as reinstating fences and gates.

The Department of Water and Sanitation remained committed to the provision of basic services to communities, he noted.

“The Department of Water and Sanitation and Mantsopa Local Municipality re-affirm their commitment of ensuring that the provision of basic services to communities is prioritized,” said Ratau, adding the future population of Manyatseng and Ladybrand was taken into consideration when coming up with the programme.

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