On Friday, October 14th 2011, the Ministry of Natural Resources launched the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme at Metolong. The Right Honourable, the Prime Minister, Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili officiated the launch which symbolises the commencement of construction activities for the major components of the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme.
The official launch was attended by among others, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, heads of Diplomatic Missions, Donor representatives, Consultants, Contractors, government officials and the general public.
Background of the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme:
The Metolong Dam is to be built on the Phuthiatsana River, adjacent to the villages of Ha Seeiso and Ha Makotoko about 35 km from Maseru. The Programme’s main objective is to ensure the sustainable supply of clean water for domestic and industrial use to Maseru and the other neighbouring towns of Roma, Mazenod, Morija and Teyateyaneng.
The Programme comprises five major components which are:
1. Advanced Infrastructure: 32 km access road on the north, 12km access road on the south, bulk power supply, water and sanitation, telecommunications, reservoir ring-roads and bridges, and other permanent operational facilities.
2. Metolong Dam: Roller compacted concrete (RCC) dam, 73m high, 210 crest length, which will impound a reservoir of 53million m3 capacity. It also includes a raw water pump station to supply untreated water to the Water Treatment Works.
3. Water Treatment Works: The Water treatment plant has a 75Ml/d capacity, and includes a high lift treated water pumping station, rising main and construction of the command reservoir.
4. Downstream Conveyance System: Over 130km of transmission pipelines, associated pumping stations and storage reservoirs to deliver treated water to the various communities.
5. Environment and Social Management Programme: This includes resettlement and compensation, water and sanitation, integrated catchment management, environmental flow requirements, cultural resource management, HIV/AIDS programme and environmental management plan.
The programme is funded by the Lesotho Government and a number of international donors as shown below;
• The Arab Fund for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
• The European Investment Bank
• The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (Kuwait Fund)
• The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
• The Republic of South Africa
• The Saudi Fund for Development (SDF)
• The United States of America through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
• The World Bank