ASSURING SUSTAINABLE PROVISION OF WATER SERVICES, FOR LIFE.
WHO WE ARE
During the year 1991 the then Department of Water Affairs established Bloem Area Water Board with the aim to operate the Caledon/Bloemfontein Government Water Scheme as well as supplying water to the Municipal areas of Bloemfontein, Bainsvlei, Bloemspruit, Botshabelo and Dewetsdorp. Through a consultative process the name was changed to Bloem Water and officially gazetted in 1994 to operate and account its activities in accordance with the Water Services Act with its Head Office located in Bloemfontein.
Bloem Water in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Act No. 1 of 1999, as amended, is listed as a Schedule 3B National Government Business Enterprise which reports to the Minister of Water and Sanitation as the Executive Authority, through the Board as the Accounting Authority.
During its 25 years of existence, Bloem Water has extended its area of service to include towns in the Southern Free State: Bethulie and Philippolis followed by Thaba ‘Nchu district, a former homeland with 42 rural villages, located 65 km east of Bloemfontein and lastly Excelsior, located in the Eastern Free State as depicted in the maps below. Currently it continues to service a population in excess of 1.2 million.
The seven (7) water treatment works that are operated in the regions namely: Modder River, Caledon River and Orange River are located within the Water Service Authorities (Municipalities): Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Mantsopa Local Municipality and Kopanong Local Municipality.