• November 4, 2023 12:58 am

Bitou Municipality Ensures Uninterrupted Water Supply Through Eskom Load Shedding Grant

Oct 7, 2023
Bitou Municipality Ensures Uninterrupted Water Supply Through Eskom Load Shedding Grant

Bitou Municipality in the Western Cape has efficiently allocated its emergency load shedding relief funds to ensure uninterrupted water supply during power outages. This proactive approach has helped the municipality provide water to thousands of households.

Bitou Municipality Ensures Uninterrupted Water Supply Through Eskom Load Shedding Grant

Water Supply During Load Shedding:

Bitou Mayor Dave Swart emphasizes the importance of maintaining water supply to residents during load shedding, as it is one of the primary challenges faced during power outages.

Allocation of Relief Funds:

In March, the Western Cape government allocated R88.6 million to municipalities in the province through the emergency municipal load shedding relief grant. Bitou Municipality received R5.6 million from this grant. These funds were used to procure generators for areas that required additional capacity to supply water and sanitation services during load shedding.

Swift Implementation:

Bitou Municipality stands out as one of the 12 municipalities that have fully utilized the grant money within six months of its allocation. Other municipalities are still in the process of procuring and installing generators.

Impactful Installations:

Generators have been installed at various pump stations in Bitou, ensuring consistent water supply during load shedding. Key installations include a new 650 KVA diesel engine for a generator at the Uplands Keurbooms River Bulk Raw Water Pump Station and 150 KVA generators at various water reservoirs and towers.

Enhanced Water Supply:

As a result of these initiatives, Bitou Municipality can now provide water during load shedding to 21,196 households, including 4,131 indigent households.

Conclusion:

Bitou Municipality’s efficient allocation of emergency relief funds underscores the significance of maintaining essential services during power outages and has had a positive impact on the community’s water supply during load shedding.

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