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‘WATER-RICH LESOTHO’ RESIDENTS URGED TO USE WATER EFFICIENTLY

By Staff Writers

Maseru, Oct 10 (The Night’s Watch) – Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) has urged residents to use water efficiently as there is a continued water supply shortage in the designated urban centers where the utility provides potable water supply services.

“This is due to the persistent drought conditions where there has not been adequate rainfall for some time,” WASCO Public Relations Manager Lineo Moqasa said on Thursday.

As a result, Moqasa said, 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 public is therefore advised to use water efficiently during this time,” Moqasa said.

She added: “The public is requested to adopt efficient use of water practices such as using buckets when 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.”

WASCO is a government-owned water utility that supplies bulk potable drinking water to urban areas.

Moqasa explained that the utility had implemented a number of measures to mitigate the situation.

“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,” she said.

Other measures normally taken during dry seasons, Moqasa further explained, include water releases into the Caledon and Tšehlanyane rivers from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) 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,” she said.

Lesotho, a highland country, has relatively abundant surface water resources, which are a key resource for water supply and hydroelectricity.

Groundwater makes up a relatively small proportion of total water use in the country, but is relied upon for rural water supplies, from springs and boreholes or hand dug wells.

However, due to drought, rivers in Lesotho are drying up little by little.

The Night’s Watch reported in September that Lesotho faces water crisis as rivers dry up.

This was after the Ministry of Water Affairs warned in a report that the flow in the country’s rivers and reservoirs had been low since October 2012, very low in 2015 and extremely low in 2018. NW

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