Two-day Gabs Water supply cut looms

Water rationing at Mmopane.PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Water rationing at Mmopane.PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO

PALAPYE: Minister of Minerals Energy and Water Resources, Kitso Mokaila, says he might be forced to shut down Gaborone water supply for two days in the near future.

During a tour of the North South Carrier (NSC) pipeline in here Thursday, Mokaila said the decision would be  to ensure reliability of the pipeline by allowing for maintenance along the 26 kilometre line to Dikalate feeder tank. The line is characterised by wet patches that indicate that there are leaks in the pipes.  “I should be proactive to make difficult decisions. This is what I will have to do than to wait for a disaster to happen. The shutdown would be necessary to divert water from NSC 1 to the new NSC 2 pipeline,” he said.

Mokaila noted that he would make the decision after ensuring that the decision has been sufficiently communicated to the community. “I will not be compelled by an emergency, but it is a proactive decision I will have to make at the right time. This will be in the best interest of the nation,” he said.

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