Water shortages loom!

“Rand Water has formally notified three of its municipal customers of its intention to reduce water pressure due to their non-payment for water services rendered.”

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Govan Mbeki Municipality was fingered in a press release by Rand Water to have the water supply reduced. GMM as well as Victor Khanye Municipality and Emfuleni Local Municipality in Gauteng have large outstanding debts with Rand Water. Rand Water released a statement stating that these municipalities should settle the outstanding debts, should they not make payments the municipalities would face cuts in the water supply.
Bethal, Kinross and Eendracht have been facing water shortages for a very long time and would be bearing the brunt again.
Excerpts from the statement on GMM reads as follows:
“Rand Water has formally notified three of its municipal customers of its intention to reduce water pressure due to their non-payment for water services rendered.”
“The water pressure to the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality will be reduced by a further 20-percent to 40-percent. The Municipality includes areas such as Bethal, eMbalenhle, Leandra and Kinross. The arrears amount due to by the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality is R 179,508,981.87”
“In all three of these matters, the Municipalities have failed to honour signed agreements made to settle the outstanding amounts due to Rand Water. Rand Water will now implement these credit control measures to compel the Municipalities to meet their obligations to the settle amounts due for water services rendered”
The Bulletin asked GMM for their response and received the following, “The Govan Mbeki Municipal Marketing and Communications can confirm that we received your media enquiry on Friday afternoon and it was sent on the same day to management to respond to it.
We are informed that they have not received any communication from Rand Water regarding restrictions. Should there be a restriction notification sent to GMM, it would have reached the MM, CFO or Technical Services.”
This response was received in the morning.
During the afternoon reports of payments surfaced and some councillors stated that they were informed by the officials that restrictions will not be enforced as they have reached an agreement with Rand Water.
But even these statements proved problematic as some statements said that agreements were reached whilst others claim that payments were made.
The Bulletin spoke to the Rand Water Spokesperson who said: “We cannot confirm nor deny any payment or agreement at this stage.” The response was made after hours and confirmation of payments or the lack thereof could not be confirmed.
Only time will tell if GMM would pull something out of the proverbial hat or if the restrictions will be enforced.

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