The government is undertaking supplementary water projects around the country to augment the looming water crisis. The minister of Mineral Energy and Water Resources Mr Kitso Mokaila said an interview on Wednesday, after touring boreholes and pump stations at Ramotswa and Boatle. He said with the country faced with low rainfall and the looming draught, there was need for government to supplement water supply.
The government is undertaking supplementary water projects around the country to augment the looming water crisis.
The minister of Mineral Energy and Water Resources Mr Kitso Mokaila said an interview on Wednesday, after touring boreholes and pump stations at Ramotswa and Boatle.
He said with the country faced with low rainfall and the looming draught, there was need for government to supplement water supply.
“With issues of low rainfall and drought, government has undertaken to do certain projects to mitigate against the situation,” he said.
Mr Mokaila said exploiting supplementary water sources to add on to the existing grid, would be a relief in case the country experiences low rainfall during the upcoming rainy season.
In Ramotswa, he said there are undertaking a project to exploit boreholes.
He added the project has the capacity to produce about 13 million liters of water to the national grid for the Ramotswa cluster.
He explained that his tour of the projects in Ramotswa was mainly to appreciate progress made in connecting supplementary water sources.
Minister Moikala further allayed fears that water from the boreholes in Ramotswa area is not safe for human consumption.
He said his ministry has already tested water samples from the area and the results have shown that the water can be treated for human consumption.
However, the minister regretted the extent of vandalism at various boreholes in the area, saying it could impact on the timely delivery of the project.
He added that if all go according to plan, water from the boreholes would be added to supplement water for the Ramotswa cluster before the end of the year.
For his part, Ramotswa cluster Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) manager Mr Kenny Labane said water from the nine Ramotswa boreholes would be used to supplement water from Gaborone.
He pointed that it would be possible to blend water from Gaborone and that of the boreholes before it is distributed for consumption to the cluster which covers Borolong and Lobatse areas.
However, he explained that there was an ongoing project at Lobatse, which would address water shortage in the area.
While in Ramotswa, Minister Mokaila who was accompanied by his staff and South East District council officials also visited the new public standpipes at Magope ward. Ends
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