Three municipalities, which owe Rand Water millions of rand, will have reduced water pressure if they fail to pay by October 1.

This is what the water utility said on Thursday.

“The municipalities have failed to honour signed agreements to settle the outstanding amounts due to Rand Water. It will now implement these credit control measures to compel them to meet their obligations,” said spokesperson Justice Mohale.

Water pressure to the Emfuleni Local Municipality in Gauteng will be reduced by 20% as it owes R423 404 724.88.

Affected areas include Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark, Evaton, Sebokeng and Sharpeville.

In Mpumalanga, two municipalities would be subjected to credit control measures, Mohale said.

The water pressure to the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality will be reduced by a further 20 to 40% as it owed R179 508 981.87

Mohale said water pressure to the Victor Khanye Municipality had already been reduced to 40% as it owed R111 198 676.27.

The municipality includes areas such Delmas, Botleng, Eloff and Sundra.

“The provincial departments of cooperative governance and traditional affairs in Gauteng and Mpumalanga have been informed of Rand Water’s intended action,” Mohale added.

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