Beaufort West braces for severe weekend water-shedding

The municipality said in a statement that it had decided to do maintenance on the water reclamation plant, starting on Friday. The plant will only resume operating on December 31 — leaving residents with extremely limited quantities of water over the weekend.

The shortage will also have an impact on holidaymakers passing through the town. 

“The community must be informed that water disruptions can be expected during this time in all areas and water-shedding will continue,” warned the municipality.

“Water-shedding will commence from Friday, December 28, until Monday, December 31, during the evenings from 6pm to reduce consumption.

Reservoir levels were only expected to stabilise by January 3.

Humanitarian aid organisation Gift of the Givers poured millions of rands into a “crisis intervention plan” to prevent the taps running dry in the drought-stricken town a year ago.

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