A budget of R9 million has been set aside to upgrade the borehole system.(SABC)
The Polokwane Municipality has introduced monthly tariff penalties to address the critical water shortages that are being experienced in Mankweng and Seshego.
The municipality says its main water supplier, the Lepelle Water Board, is battling to deliver agreed volumes from its two primary water plants due to constant power failures.
Vandalism of boreholes and theft of copper cables have also been cited as contributing factors.
A budget of R9 million has been set aside to upgrade the borehole system. Acting Executive Mayor Kgorwane Modikwa says the new monthly tariff penalties will be reviewed after four months.
Modikwa says if a household goes beyond 20 kilo litres there will be an additional water tariff of R10 per kilolitre consumed. If they go beyond 31 that is R40 per kilolitre. For the schools water consumption is to be calculated at a charge of R2 per kilolitre for the first 500 kilolitres, if a school goes beyond then the charge will move to R5 per kilolitre.