Bulk Water Supply


The Petrusburg Node and farms utilise boreholes as the supply of potable water. The boreholes are not sustainable and an alternative source will have to be found to supply the Petrusburg node in future. The Koffiefontein and Jacobsdal Nodes extract water from the Kalkfontein Dam while the latter also extracts water from the Orange-Riet Canal. Oppermans also extracts water from the Orange-Riet Canal. The Luckhoff node extracts water from the SarelHaywardCanal and Van der Kloof Dam.


Rouxville gets it water supply from the Kalkoenkrans dam and boreholes. Water shortages are experienced during dry seasons and access to alternative sources need to be investigated. The purification works is working at capacity while a new reservoir is required. Smithfield obtains its water from the Caledonriver, which is then purified at the local purification plant. There are also 7 boreholes which supplements the water supply from the river. Zastron obtains its water from the Montagu and Kloof dams as well as boreholes. The current capacity of the reservoir, pump station and purification works is sufficient for the next five years.


Most of the towns in the area utilises water from the Bloemwater pipelines running through the area, except Jagersfontein and Fauresmith, which get it water from the mineshafts in Jagersfontein. The pipeline between Fauresmith and Jagersfontein is being upgraded. The supply of water to Reddersburg and Edenburg from the Bloemwater pipeline needs to be supplemented with boreholes and in summer water shortages can be experienced. All of the other towns also use boreholes to supplement their water received from Bloemwater.


There are two main dams in the municipality – Welbedacht in Wepener and Egmont Dam in Van Stadensrus. Another dam, the Knelpoort dam, is located about 15 km from Wepener.

Documents of Interest