Government working to resolve Hammanskraal water shortages
Sowetan is reporting on the impact of water shortages on Hammanskraal since the coronavirus outbreak, especially with instructions from government to wash hands regularly as a safety measure against the spread of the virus.
Joanne Joseph spoke to Water and Sanitation Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau to understand the circumstances around the water shortage.
I think the issue of Hammanskraal is a symptom of what we are seeing across the country, especially with regard to failing local government infrastructure.Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson - Department of Water and Sanitation
It is affected by the waste water treatment plants around Tshwane that are not operating optimally and thus affecting the performance of the Hammanskraal treatment plant.Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson - Department of Water and Sanitation
He says there have been talks with the City of Tshwane in the past to resolve the matter, with the intervention of the South African Human Rights Commission.
There was a decision by the commission to say that the City of Tshwane must be able to provide, in the meantime, interim measures that include the tankering of water to the people of Hammanskraal.Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson - Department of Water and Sanitation
There is a time where we were supposed to have gone to court in order to enforce this matter. The city did come to the party with a plan but it seems like they have not been able to action that plan and that is why we are in the situation that we are in right now.Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson - Department of Water and Sanitation
We then have to relook the kind of agreements we had with the city and see whether any of it has seen the light of day and, based on that, we will have to follow the very strict water act regulations that will allow us to take further steps against the City of Tshwane.Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson - Department of Water and Sanitation
Ratau says there is a plan underway for the acquisition of resources that will be used to assist areas of high priority.
We do not have the luxury of time.. so I think within the next couple of days or so we shall be able to see the trucks rolling into those other areas. Not just the trucks because we also have to make use of the ground water that we receive, so it is a question of also making sure that we are able to connect that ground water to particular reservoirs.Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson - Department of Water and Sanitation
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