Maun residents dread 'unknown' WUC

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MAUN: Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) left the thirsty Maun community here shocked with a revelation that its takeover of Ngamiland in April is not a solution to their water crises.

Matida Mmipi ,WUC corporate communication manager, told Maun community leaders during a stakeholder meeting here last Wednesday that although WUC is to acquire authority over potable water and sewerage resources in Ngamiland in April, the water shortages are likely to escalate.This came after the community leaders enquired what improvements WUC has on offer to solve the water shortages currently affecting Maun residents. Giving welcome remarks, Kgosi Oleyo Ledimo said Maun residents are fearful of the 'unknown' WUC in their district and wondered what the corporation is offering to end inadequate water supplies besetting Maun.

Maun Senior Secondary School principal, Mange Mafhoko, also enquired about WUC solutions to erratic water supplies.Mafhoko also expressed concern over reports of expensive water bills in other villages already taken over by WUC.Motlogelwa Thuso, North West District Council deputy council secretary, said WUC should brace itself for challenges in Ngamiland."You have been operating in other towns but prepare for challenges here. You inherit an already worn out water infrastructure. The boreholes are regularly submerged by floods and you will face accessibility challenges."  He said. Thuso also expressed concern saying WUC is not well known in the area advising the Corporation to make itself visible to Ngamiland residents.

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