Dordrecht community is facing a devastating water shortage ever recorded in the history of the town. This after a drought scourge began in 2013 where the dams ran dry to the extent that no water could be drawn from it. To this day the area surviving through water carted from Queenstown and boreholes drilled by CHDM in counteracting the situation.
The recent rains have not yielded enough water for consumption by the community, hospital, schools, farms, government departments and business. In coming closer to the problem CHDM and Emalahleni leadership led by the Executive Mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo and Emalahleni Mayor Nomveliso Nyukwana undertook a physical visit to the Anderson dam and its feeder dam Munnick. The visit led to a stakeholder meeting held with all different stakeholders in the area with the aim to clarify the issue, solicit advice and come to an agreement on short-term interventions and long-term solutions.
In mitigating the situation, Executive Mayor Vimbayo said “water provision is the core function of the district municipality and as leadership we have to be held accountable as we are not doing the community a favour by providing the service”. She said the lack of clear communication with Dordrecht had the potential to create unnecessary rifts with government as a whole. She committed that while the problem persists CHDM would visit the area quarterly in order to be abreast on drought issues with the affected stakeholders.
The Executive Mayor further announced interventions by CHDM which are:
Two additional water tankers that have been assigned to the area to improve on the frequency of water carting to the community, augmenting on the two that are already on site, this in the wake of withdrawal of the Department of Water and Sanitation trucks that were seconded to the district.
With the recent rains water is currently pumped at three-day intervals to allow reservoirs to recoup.
Jojo tanks will be installed in strategic areas that are densely populated to minimize the lapse of time between deliveries by water tankers. Location of these tanks will be determined locally with Ward Councillor and local leadership of the area coordinating.
The service provider refurbish the Water Treatment Works for it operate optimally was introduced – this will fully address the filtration challenge that was identified. The works to be undertaken amount to R5.8m. The project will take a maximum of four months.
The project of equipping a further two boreholes is nearly complete in the area. By end of March the two boreholes should be providing water, augmenting on the boreholes which is already in use.