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government to construct water treatment plant in Maitengwe

23 Aug 2023

Government will, at the beginning of next financial year, construct a reverse osmosis plant in Maitengwe to treat and improve water quality from Maitengwe well fields. The design of the plant is complete.

Reverse osmosis, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said was one of the most all-rounder effective ways of eliminating water contaminants.

He was responding to Maitengwe residents’ complaint about salty water in their village during a kgotla meeting he addressed on Wednesday. He informed the meeting that Ntimbale supplied water to 52 villages in North East and Tutume districts and it was only four villages including Maitengwe not yet supplied with water from the dam, adding that was why they were still consuming salty water from boreholes.

President Masisi said the long-term solution was reverse osmosis plant, but for now water from the dam could be diluted with that of boreholes, which is a common practice even in other regions. He raised concern on vandalism of water infrastructure by people to water livestock.

“Metsi ke a lona, batho ba ba a senyang ba dira borukutlhi,” he said explaining that if the situation went unabated there would be shortage of water for the people. He said the situation cost government a lot as this was treated potable water for domestic use.

President Masisi warned that perpetrators of this crime would face the wrath of the law. He said it was disheartening to see people, especially the elderly, suffering shortage of water while people continued to vandalise water infrastructure.

Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) director for customer care Mr Goitseone Tshiamiso told the residents that the reverse osmosis plant would produce five million litres of clean water per day. He said WUC had found an area for the construction of the plant in Maitengwe and they were currently finalising the designs. Ends 

Source : BOPA

Author : BOPA

Location : Maitengwe

Event : Kgotla meeting

Date : 23 Aug 2023