Municipality admits sewage treatment plant not doing its job‚ cites financial constraints

Jones said the municipal manager‚ who met the commission at the treatment plant‚ said its failure to have a fully functional treatment plant was caused by lack of resources.

However‚ Jones said money had been allocated to the municipality in the past few years to deal with this issue.

He went on to reveal that the municipality had sought R20-million from the Department of Water and Sanitation to refurbish the entire plant.

“The municipality has started with the procurement process. They hope the steps they have taken will resolve all the issues.”

Jones said the commission will summon the municipal manager and the mayor to appear before the commission before the end of the month.

The purpose of the appearance was for the municipality to account for its failure to perform its duties‚ which includes the maintenance of the sewage treatment plant.

During its visit‚ the commission also met the communities of Mohlakeng and Toekomsrus‚ who informed the commission about the impact the quality of water had on their lives.

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