ABN – South Africa’s national department of water affairs has halted the construction of Metsimaholo’s controversial raw sewerage pipeline.
The pipeline will stretch from Refengkgotso into the Vaal Dam.
The department has demanded that the municipality complies with the National Water and Water Services Acts.
Metsimaholo municipality must now apply for the relevant authorisation and licences.
James Letuka, DA member of the Free State legislature, said: "It was a close call. The municipality was determined to complete the project in record time.
“Pumping raw sewerage into the Vaal Dam would have polluted the environment and poisoned a critically important fresh water source, compromising the drinking water quality of millions of South Africans.
"As far as I know, no impact studies were done before construction. The pipes, leading from Refengkgotso over a distance of three kilometres, have reached the dam.
"They only have to connect the pipes across the road before they can start pumping."