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BLOEM WATER

BLOEM WATER CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY To commemorate this milestone we interviewed the Chairperson of Bloem Water, Mr. Tefetso Phitsane on this auspicious occasion. 1. Congratulations on Bloem Water’s 30-year anniversary. Please give an overview of the history and services delivered by Bloem Water. Bloem Water is listed as a Schedule 3B National Government Business Enterprise in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Act No. 1 of 1999, as amended. The Board as the Accounting Authority, of which I am the Chairperson, that reports to the Minister of Human Settlement, Water and Sanitation (DHSWS) as the Executive Authority. Bloem Water has grown to commemorate its existence of 30 years as a Water Board providing bulk quality water to more than 1.2-million people of the communities in the service areas since 1991. Since its establishment, in terms of Water Services Act 108 of 1997, the Entity has been operating in three Municipalities: Mangaung Metropolitan, Mantsopa, and Kopanong Local Municipalities through its four (4) Regions: • Brandkop; biggest reservoir located at Head Office in Bloemfontein • Caledon River Region; Welbedacht • Orange River Region; Bethulie • Modder River Region; Rustfontein

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2. Please outline your sustainability practices and how you ensure the supply of quality water to your service areas. The sustainable practices are realised through operations, including water purification processes at three water schemes, are run through seven water treatment works located in the areas of supply. It operates three water schemes, with the biggest scheme being the Caledon that supplies bulk water to the Greater Mangaung Area. The Entity plays a critical role in

It operates three water schemes, with the biggest scheme being the Caledon that supplies bulk water to the Greater Mangaung Area. This is achieved through the main pipeline that transfers treated water to the biggest reservoir, Brandkop

upholding the South African Constitution in as far as access to basic Water Services and Sanitation is concerned. The Entity also engages in secondary activities for the relevant stakeholders (Municipalities and Shareholder). This is achieved through the main pipeline that transfers treated water to the biggest reservoir, Brandkop. The transfer of Raw Water via the Novo Transfer scheme for augmentation of Rustfontein Dam is also achieved at the Caledon when the need arises during low rainfall seasons. This scheme, with its challenges of siltation, poses a risk on the Raw Water availability to the Entity, but mitigation plans are in place to address this challenge. This includes, but not limited to, the planned Mangaung Raw Water Augmentation Project and the planned building of the off-channel storage dam to mitigate the siltation at Welbedacht Dam WTW. The second biggest scheme is the Modder River Region that supplies water to Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu, and Excelsior. The Region also supplies Raw Water to the Maselspoort WTW. The Orange River is the third region supplying Bulk Water to Kopanong Local Municipality. It is responsible for supply of

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