His Majesty King Letsie III officially inaugurated the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme (MDWSP) at a ceremony held at Metolong Thaba-Bosiu on the 20th November 2015. The Programme, whose main objective is the supply of water to Maseru and the surrounding towns of Roma, Mazenod, Morija and Teyateyaneng was officially launched in 2008.
Apart from His Majesty the King, the ceremony was graced by other dignitaries such as Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso, Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, cabinet ministers, members of parliament and representatives of the development partners.
Community members came in their multitudes to witness this historic event.
The Metolong Programme forms the first phase of the Lesotho Lowlands Water Supply Scheme which aims to ultimately bring water to all the communities living within the Lowlands regions.
It was given a priority within the overall scheme as the communities and industries that it serves had the most urgent need for upgrades to their water supplies and also serves the greatest number of end users.
The major components of the Metolong programme are now substantially complete and the Programme has delivered on its mandate of supplying treated water for domestic and industrial use to the designated areas.
The first water from the Metolong Programme was delivered to Mazenod, Roma and Morija in September 2014, to Teyateyaneng in January 2015 and the Maseru High South reservoir in Lithabaneng on 17th March 2015. On the 17th May 2015, water was delivered to the Lesotho Sun reservoir. This resulted in water being supplied to end users in the greater Maseru area via the existing Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) infrastructure and signified a major milestone for the MDWSP.
The Programme, whose total cost is +/-5 billion Maloti is co-funded by the Governments of Lesotho and South Africa, the European Investment Bank, Saudi Fund for Development, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the United States of America and the World Bank.