Rand Water to reduce supply to municipalities with overdue debt

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Rand Water has announced plans to reduce water supply to municipalities nationwide with overdue debt to the company.

The decision comes as a measure to address outstanding payments from municipalities.

The water utility is set to initiate a 20 percent reduction in water supply to Ngwate municipality in the Free State, which has an outstanding debt of R63 million.

The Merafong municipality in Gauteng, owing R801 million, will also experience a reduction in water supply.

Rand Water’s spokesperson Makenosi Maroo revealed that the utility has sought intervention from the national Treasury to recover the outstanding funds.

Maroo says: “We are invoking Section 31 of the Intergovernmental Relation Framework Act and we’re declaring an intergovernmental financial dispute, so we’re seeking intervention from national Treasury, COGTA, including the Department of Water and Sanitation. As we know they do get an allocation from the national Treasury, we’re saying to the national Treasury that they must intervene.”