Rural communities around North West will soon have access to clean water following the launch of the R580m Taung/Naledi bulk- water supply project.
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and North West Premier Thandi Modise jointly launched the project in Taung, near Vryburg, at the weekend.
“We will do everything in our power as the government to ensure that this project covers all other areas with similar challenges so that our people are not subjected to situations where they have to struggle to receive basic services such as water and sanitation,” said Molewa.
The minister said that to achieve this, the government would have to resolve many challenges, which include sustainable water supply and management to ensure that scarce water resources were available for sustaining and growing the economy.
“My department, together with the provincial government, municipalities, private sector and civil society, will continue to engage on water issues affecting different provinces,” she said.
Taung resident Monti Mosele, 58, is one of the many people in the area who travels a distance of 15km to fetch water on a daily basis.
“I am forced to go to the river to fetch water for my family for cooking and drinking purposes.
“We are therefore thrilled by the new bulk-water supply pipeline to be constructed, as it will be able to provide the vast community of Taung and the surrounding villages with consumable water,” said Mosele.
Mosele uses his donkey cart to fetch water for household usage, vegetable garden and for his livestock.
He said that life had never been easy as he and his wife were not working and could not afford to buy water sold in the village by a farmer.
The construction of the pipeline from Taung Dam to the new Pudumoe water-treatment works, which is already under construction, will improve a bulk water supply to the Naledi and Greater Taung local municipalities within the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district municipality.
Modise highlighted the impact the projects would have on the livelihoods of the communities.
“It is critical that government monitors the implementation of the North West provisioning management plan to ensure that there is always an adequate supply of water in the province,” said Modise.
Modise added that proper planning could help prevent flooding in the area, which is prone to floods and more so with global warming. – AENS