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WUC regrets interruptions.

The General Manager of Water Utilities Corporation, Mr Kutlwano Simon has regretted prolonged water interruptions in Letlhakane.

Mr Simon on January 21 pleaded with the residents to bear with them as the corporation was working round the clock to address the situation.

He told a kgotla meeting that the pipes at the booster pump were overpowered by demand as they were failing to pump water up to the water tank supplying the village due to a steep gradient location.

Mr Simon said the corporation would connect a by-pass line to connect directly to the water tank at Phase One.

LUCARA mine, he said, had pledged to help with enhancing the water situation, while Debswana intervened on days the village encountered water crisis.

He said there was a project in place whose objective was to enhance water supply in the village, which would also cover installation of a water tank at Phase One.

He revealed that there was an arrangement to browse water for schools whenever there was a shortage.

Mr Simon said the World Bank had funded a sewerage line in Letlhakane and a treatment plant in Xhumo.

One of the residents, Mr Otsile Mmatlakgomo said they had spent 31 days without water in Letlhakane, adding that some businesses had closed as a result.

Another resident, Mr Boyce Tawana suggested that WUC rope in former Water Unit employees, lamenting that for a long time, WUC had said it was looking for parts to address the booster pump challenge.

The mines surrounding the village, he said should make it their responsibility to rescue the village from the water crisis.

Another resident, Ms Daisy Bathusi reiterated that mining companies should play a significant role in ensuring sufficient water supply in the village.

Ms Bathusi said it was clear that the water supply issue would not be resolved anytime soon, calling for a contingency plan.

She also complained that Debswana employees commuting from Letlhakane were not allowed to bulk water for use in Letlhakane.

Mr Tshekatsheko Sethomo, a business person, asked if private borehole installations were allowed in business premises.

He also complained that billing remained high though there was no water, criticising WUC for not having a topographic water supply network.

In response, Mr Mpate Gojamang from WUC said they had procured booster pump parts outside the country, which prolonged the process.

Meanwhile, Mr Sethomo requested Botswana Power Corporation to conduct regular maintenance to avoid power failures.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Jan 23, 2019
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