The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the interventions in Matjhabeng, Maluti-a-Phofung, and Kopanong municipalities announced by the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu.In terms of the Water Services Act, these interventions are long overdue, and will hopefully bring the necessary expertise and budgets to address the water supply and sewage treatment crisis, which has been unmonitored over many years. While the interventions are welcome, the DA reported that it will inspect the budgets and the operations.
A major crisis with wastewater treatment facilities is that only 24 of the 103 provincial total are fully operational. The Free State is flooded with raw sewage, polluting the environment and pouring mega litres of untreated excrement into the national water resources.Bloemwater has been appointed to manage the interventions in Matjhabeng, Maluti-a-Phofung, and Kopanong municipalities, as well as its current responsibility for managing water supply in Mangaung and Mantsopa. The DA is set to file questions in the Free State Legislature and the NCOP to obtain details regarding the allocated budgets, operations, technical capacity and managing structures of Bloemwater which must work on reversing the sewage crisis in the Free State.