Bethal’s water situation has the residents boiling. Bethal’s water has effectively dried up and residents questions to the municipality are answered with a number of different answers.
It ranges from “it’s filling up” to “Rand Water is pumping at 100%” and “Water will be opened after the reservoir level has enough for distribution.”
To highlight the problem, even more, residents of Eendracht and Kinross are also complaining about not having water. The municipality owes Rand Water (RW) over R130 million and entered into negotiations with Rand Water to repay this debt. This is over and above the R858 million that the municipality owes Eskom.
The Executive Mayor, Thandi Nxgonono, has indicated that the terms of Rand Water for repayment of GMM’s outstanding debt were not acceptable to the municipality and that GMM could not keep to that conditions.
Rand Water is continuing to throttle the water supply and rumours are that they are at 40% less supply than normal.
This will surely have an impact on water supply in GMM!
Water tankers have been deployed to supply water but residents complain that the water tankers do not stop at the water points. A resident even supplied a video of a water tanker dumping water but it refused to stop at residents to supply them with water.
Pumps at the pump stations are in a very poor condition and when a video of the broken pumps were posted GMM quickly switched on one pump to show that it is working. The Bulletin visited the reservoirs and found pumps and cables missing. The infrastructure is in a very poor state.Kinross residents have also complained about not receiving water. It would appear that the strained relationship between Rand Water and GMM is having an adverse impact on the residents of Eendracht, Kinross and Bethal.