Ndlambe has been heavily affected by drought since 2018 and all the water supply source levels are low and others are empty at this stage. Bathurst area is getting its water from Golden Ridge Dam which has reached day zero currently due to drought.

Water restrictions were implemented where water was restricted by opening from 6am to 9am and close on the following day to assist in raising the reservoir levels. . This plan is still on implementation, though we have witnessed improvement on reservoir levels which now are at about 70%.


Based on the success rate of this plan which led to improved water levels in the reservoir, from Monday the 25th of January 2021 to Friday the 29th of January the water will be opened every-day from 6am to 9am.  After Friday if there are no drastic changes in the reservoir levels the plan will be continued and a statement will be issued as to up to when.

It must be noted that the improvement of levels in the reservoir does not suggest that drought water challenges in Bathurst are over, the improvement is based on the implemented restrictions.


The hours of supply may be adjusted dependant on the supply from the Mansfield borehole and the draw down rate. It is critical therefore that water is used very sparingly and excessive use will lead to services being curtailed.  It also must be noted that after load shedding, we experience challenges on the pumps and as a result we lose at least 5hours of pumping to the Water Treatment plant

The progress on the implementation of temporal solutions to deal with the current water problem is as follows:

  • Construction of line from boreholes and connection of Mansfield pipeline to the Bathurst Water Treatment Plant has been completed. Additional holding tanks have been installed at Mansfield to store more water in case of electricity disruptions or any other challenges on the borehole.
  • Water trucks are carting water to Bathurst communities and water tanks have been placed to strategic areas.
  • Construction of+-4km pipeline to abstract water from the Lushington River to our Water Treatment Plant, quotations have been received and procurement process is about to be completed. Contractor will be appointed the week of the 25th of January 2021. The construction schedule will be received from that appointed service provider as to when the construction will be completed.

Communities are urged to adhere to water restrictions and use the little that we have in a responsible manner, unavailability of water affects all of us.

NOTICE                                                                                                                              ROLLY DUMEZWENI

20 JANUARY 2021                                                                                                             MUNICIPAL MANAGER