The Greater Gaborone area is set to experience water shortage during the course of the year due to the shutdown of the North-South Water Carrier (NSC) to allow for major upgrades of the pipeline.
In total, there will be five shutdowns of the pipeline which carries water from dams situated in the northern part of the country to the Southern part.
The first shutdown started this week Monday and will last until the 14th of February.
Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) officials say the five phases are meant to minimize the shortage of water in the affected areas.
Yesterday (Thursday), the corporation took journalists on a media tour to appreciate the work currently being undertaken for the replacement of Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) pipes with steel ones.
Replacement of pipes takes place between Rasesa and Gaborone.
The project worth P440 million is expected to take 12 months to complete according to the Project Manager, Ntshambiwa Moathodi.
The upgrade is expected to be completed in November this year, and the public in the Southern part of the country has to embrace for frequent water shortages.
Moathodi told the media that the objective of the project is to increase the flow of water coming to Gaborone.
“We have already built one pump station in Serorome, which we expect, with this input we should be getting around 1350 litres per second coming to Gaborone,” said Moathodi.
At the moment, the NSC was running 62 megalitres per day, and once the replacement of these pipes is done, Moathodi says the flow is expected to increase to 90 megalitres per day.
“This means we will get more water coming to Gaborone,” said the Project Manager