Engineering News writes that the water crisis facing residents of Barberton in the Mpumalanga Lowveld has been temporarily curtailed after two mines in the area stepped in. The two mines, Barberton and Agnes, are two of the biggest employers in the area. Last week, News24 reported that Barberton was on the verge of running out of water due to the low level of the Lomati Dam, the town’s main water source.
At the time, the water level was 20% – it now stands at 18%. The mines donated 10 JoJo tanks that would be erected at strategic points in the town and neighbouring suburb of Emjindini. The mines also agreed to tap two suburbs near the town, Verulam and Dixie, into their own water reticulation systems so they do not need to get water from the town’s sources. Joseph Ngala, the spokesperson for the Mbombela Municipality under which Barberton falls, said the municipality’s disaster management committee was activated to address the crisis. An emergency meeting between the council, different water boards and mines will take place on Thursday.