BaPhalaborwa municipality in Limpopo's outstanding water bill with Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) could soon be a thing of the past.
This if talks between the municipality, the Lepelle Northern Water Board and the department of water affairs and forestry yield positive results.
The municipality owes NLW nearly R100 million in water bill arrears from 2005 and to date. The money has not yet been paid up.
The LNW board decided to reduce the supply volume to the municipality to the lowest possible rate, making it difficult for the residents of Phalaborwa and surrounding areas and the business community to cope for almost six months.
This was an effort to force the municipality to pay up but to no avail.
Residents in high-lying areas had no water at all, while those in low-lying areas had a drop or nothing for their household needs.
The department last year paid R45 million of the R100 million on behalf of the municipality.