A new M12 million drinking water supply project under the drought relief programme that has benefitted the Ha Foso community has also benefitted the Marabeng community. The project begun towards end of 2016 with construction of a gravity main from ha Ts’osane and sub-mains to the individual settlements within both Foso and Marabeng villages. The completion of the project marks a milestone towards the provision of reliable water supply through installation of public standpipes at the central locations within respective settlements. The project is also going to enable residents that are located along the public standpipe lines to be provided with individual house connections.
Following the official hand over of the project to the Minister of Water in October, public gatherings were held where WASCO provided the relevant information regarding the project and ways in which the communities would benefit from it.
Speaking on behalf of the WASCO Chief Executive, Director of Operations Mrs. ‘Mamathe Makhaola stated that from the onset the project was only aimed at providing temporary measures for water supply in the Foso and Marabeng communities while plans are underway for implementation of a project which will construct water infrastructure network that will widen water supply services in these areas and many others in the outskirts of the capital city, Maseru.
“I would like to thank the Government and WASCO for all their work in ensuring that our community has access to clean drinking water and we can finally be proud of being tax payers in this country,” said Mr.Thabang Hlasoa a member of the village water committee.
The Minister of Water Honourable Samonyane Ntsekele who was present at the public gathering expressed his delight over this project which aims to end a long-time struggle for clean water at Marabeng.
Other speakers shared similar sentiments and strongly pleaded with the community to protect the water infrastructure and to ensure efficient use of water. Before the government came to their rescue, the people had no access to safe drinking water. Their only source of water supply was a stream some distance to the community and this was shared with neighboring communities.