For Immediate Release 10th October, 2019
There is a continued water supply shortage in the designated urban centres where Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO) provides potable water supply services. This is due to the persistent drought conditions where there has not been adequate rainfall for some time. As a result, the availability of water in the raw water sources in most operating centres is not adequate to meet basic demand.
The hardest hit towns are Mokhotlong, Hlotse and Mapoteng. Other town centres affected are Maputsoe, Botha Bothe and Mafeteng.
The Company has implemented a number of measures to mitigate the situation and these include: improved response times for burst and leaking pipes, replacing old and ageing water infrastructure, finding alternative water sources such as boreholes and capturing of springs as well as rehabilitation of supply network.
Other measures normally taken during dry seasons include water releases into the Caledon and Tséhlanyane rivers from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and water flow diversion at some of the raw water sources.
WASCO continues to engage with relevant stakeholders to inform them about the situation and to partner with them in finding ways in which water can be delivered to the affected urban communities.
The public is therefore advised to use water efficiently during this time. The public is requested to adopt efficient use of water practices such as using buckets in washing cars, watering cans for gardening, attending to dripping pipelines in their homes, using a cup in the kitchen or bathroom when brushing teeth and drinking.
For more information, please contact:
Mrs. Lineo Moqasa
Public Relations Manager